Court dismisses application to stop construction of Kynsna Mosque

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 05 April 2017| 07 Rajab 1438

Alhumdulillah! By the grace of Allah Ta’ala the Western Cape high court today dismissed an application to stop the construction of a mosque in Knysna.

The two-year battle over plans to build a mosque in Knysna headed to the Western Cape High Court this week, however, today the applicant’s case against the Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Muslim council was dismissed with cost.

In 2015 the Knysna Municipality approved an application for the construction of the place of worship near the town’s centre.

But a group of landowners opposed the move.

The 22 Rawson Street homeowners, supported by the Knysna Ratepayers’ Association, then approached the court to ask that the decision be set aside.

The association claimed the decision was taken without consulting residents, saying the plans violate at least 15 municipal bylaws and regulations.

They say the proposal ignores height restrictions as well as building and parking regulations. They also claim that a traffic study was never conducted.

The Muslim Judicial Council has also been rallying support for the Knysna Muslim Council.

Pic credit – Knysna-plett-Herald