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Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Pietermaritzburg residents challenge hospital expansion

A private hospital in Pietermaritzburg wants a residents' association seeking to stop its expansion to put up R1 million in security for legal costs before its case is heard in court.

Attorney Naren Sangham, representing the trustees of Daymed Hospital, Dr Navind Dayanand and Nerupa Dayanand, said in papers before the city's high court yesterday that the Bangalore Ramdeen Roads Residents' Association was not a close corporation and had no assets in its name or disposable income.

'The application is frivolous and vexatious and is brought for ulterior motives and is an abuse of the process,' he said.

The association's chairman, Russell Govender, said it wanted the court to set aside a decision by the municipality to rezone the area, which would allow Daymed in Raisethorpe to extend the existing medical centre. It also wanted an order stopping construction.

He said residents found it difficult to use their driveways, and children could not play outside because of speeding ambulances. Residents could also see corpses being taken in and out of the mortuary.

Govender said this meant a decrease in property values.

The matter was adjourned until November 25.

The Mercury


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