He took on his municipality and won – but lost his family

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He took on his municipality and won – but lost his family

Judge says Buffalo City has behaved like characters from ‘Fawlty Towers’, but man’s victory is pyrrhic

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What happens when one man with good intentions takes on a giant rogue municipality? Chris Biermann, who did just that, will tell you that on top of the millions of rand he lost, it cost him his family.

Now, even though he triumphed in court against Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, he is starting a new life alone after his children and grandchildren left for Australia “in disgust”.

The saga began with the seemingly simple idea of plugging a gap in the East London housing market. But it soon escalated to a full-scale legal war that drained Biermann’s finances and emotional resolve...

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