Reclaim the City have occupied two properties owned by the Western Cape Government, the Woodstock Hospital and the Helen Bowden Nurses Home.
This after local government on Wednesday approved the sale of the Tafelberg property in Sea Point.
The sale of the site to the Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day school for R135m was halted in May last year, when both Reclaim the City and Ndifuna Ukwazi petitioned the Western Cape High Court to intervene.
The NGO’s provided their own model for a social housing development in the area, with the prospects of building more homes at less cost, while still providing the province with a significant cash injection from the sale of the land.
Cabinet insists the site is not suitable for affordable housing. It says the income from the sale of the site would be used to complete the upgrade of the provincial government building in Dorp Street.
Ndifuna Ukwazi’s Nkosikhona Swartbooi explains the purpose of their latest picket.
Despite the vague commitment for affordable housing on these sites, the Western Cape government has proven that it is not serious about using its allocated land to reverse the spatial injustice in Cape Town.
Nkosikhona Swaartbooi, Activist
We are gathered here in principle that we can’t be letting Helen Zille and her cabinet to sell that last remaining pieces of land that are well located and suitable for affordable housing.
Nkosikhona Swaartbooi , Activist
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Reclaim the City occupies parts of Cape Town