Housing activists set up CBD camp on eve of Tafelberg School decision
Aphiwe Deklerk | 2017-03-21 12:14:19.0
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Activists demanding affordable housing set up camp in the Cape Town city centre on Tuesday.
Members of the NGO Reclaim the City occupied the Red House in Long Street‚ just outside Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s office‚ ahead of her cabinet’s decision on whether or not to sell the Tafelberg School site in Sea Point.
The site became a bone of contention when it was sold to a developer by the provincial government. After a legal battle‚ the government agreed to reopen a public participation process on whether to sell the property or use it for affordable housing.
Zille’s cabinet is expected to make the final decision on Wednesday‚ and Reclaim the City’s Ntombi Sambu said they were planning to camp outside the premier’s office until then.
“By selling Tafelberg‚ our government will continue a legacy of apartheid spatial planning and a track record of buckling under to private investors who have designs on our prime public land‚” she said.
If the cabinet decided to build affordable housing on the site‚ it would establish a precedent of integration “in our city and areas formerly reserved for whites only”.
Throughout their campaign‚ Reclaim the City have suggested domestic workers as the intended occupants of the housing.
Rentals for one-bedroom flats in Sea Point can reach R16‚ 000 a month.