Blame-game on hous­ing

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - FRANCESCA VILLETTE francesca.villette@inl.co.za

NO AN­SWERS have been given to res­i­dents about when they can ex­pect af­ford­able hous­ing on sites such as the Fore­shore and Salt River. Yes­ter­day DA pro­vin­cial leader Bonginkosi Madik­izela blamed the de­lays on Brett Her­ron.

Her­ron re­cently re­signed from the DA af­ter serv­ing as may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, say­ing he was “dis­gusted” at the re­fusal of the DA cau­cus to sup­port the dis­posal of the Salt River Mar­ket site.

He said he had charged nu­mer­ous hurdles and de­lays had been placed be­fore his team in re­la­tion to pro­posed af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, and “it is clear there has all along been tacit high-level po­lit­i­cal sup­port, or per­haps even di­rect in­ter­fer­ence, in these ob­jec­tions to the de­liv­ery of af­ford­able hous­ing in Cape Town”.

Madik­izela held a press con­fer­ence, re­ject­ing Her­ron’s claims and say­ing Her­ron was re­spon­si­ble for de­lays to af­ford­able hous­ing projects.

When probed on the ac­cu­sa­tion and why the DA had not in­ter­vened in try­ing to speed up the de­vel­op­ment of af­ford­able hous­ing in the in­ner city, Madik­izela said there were le­gal chal­lenges to the projects.

“Brett left when he had to re­spond to al­le­ga­tions quoted in the Bowman’s re­port. The party took ac­tion be­cause we want an­swers,” Madik­izela said. There were two other court chal­lenges on projects and they were wait­ing for the court process to run its course.

“We had some chal­lenges, but we are deal­ing with them. We are tak­ing ac­tion against wrong-do­ing,” Madik­izela said.

He ad­mit­ted that very lit­tle had been done on the in­ner city af­ford­able hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

“That is why eight years ago we took a bold step to iden­tify land to roll-out de­vel­op­ments, which are cur­rently at var­i­ous stages of de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

Of the Salt River site, DA re­gional chair­per­son Grant Twigg said the party was com­pil­ing in­for­ma­tion to present to the coun­cil on a date as yet to be set.

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