Court stops sale of controversial Tafelberg site for now

In April Redi Tlhabi spoke to the different players involved in the highly contested Tafelberg school site in Sea Point.

The Ndifuna Ukwazi law centre which filed papers in the High Court on behalf of Sea Point resident, Mrs Thozama Adonisi, and others, was requesting that the Western Cape Provincial Government be blocked from selling the School.

Residents of Sea Point along with Reclaim the City, were trying to block the sale of the state owned land to a private buyer, arguing it should be used for affordable housing instead.

Then on the 5th May the Western Cape High Court stopped the sale and ordered the government to publish a new notice for the proposed sale. The court ordered a three-week submission period for public responses.

Reclaim the City says the interdict will give supporters time to make submissions regarding the allocation of the plot. It says the interdict was a small victory in its campaign to see the establishment of affordable housing in the city centre.

Redi Tlhabi talks to Mandisa Shandu, an attorney with Ndifuna Ukwazi and MEC Housing Western Cape Bonginkosi Madikizela talks to Redi Tlhabi about what lies ahead.

What does this mean for the future of making state owned land available for affordable low cost housing in Cape Town?

Listen to the latest discussion below:

The discussion in April on The Redi Tlhabi show below:

Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre has taken the Western Cape government to court over the sale of land that was earmarked for low-cost housing in the prestigious Atlantic seaboard suburb of Sea Point.

There are over 500 000 people who are on the housing waiting list.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi hosted various people involved to get to the bottom of the issue.

Listen to the converstion below:

I started applying before 2004, more than 20 years ago. I went to the meeting (that spoke) of the promise we had at Sea Point at Tafelberg.

Thozama Adonisi, main applicant

Thozama was born and raised in Cape Town's Gugulethu township in 1967. She has never owned a house.

What is going to happen to the people who have been waiting for the land in the city? It's been a long time.

Thozama Adonisi, main applicant

I wouldn't frame the issue squarely around whether it was promised to specific individuals, but rather the legal processes that are required to be followed prior to the disposal of the piece of state land.

Mandisa Shandu, Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre

There is a backlog of about half a million people waiting to get access to housing and the similar issue around the spacial injustice and inequality in the city.

Mandisa Shandu, Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre

What we're asking the courts to do is to have the various decisions pertaining to the sale reviewed and set aside, with the hope that if that is done by the court, then the whole decision will be revisited.

Mandisa Shandu, Ndifuna Ukwazi Legal Centre

Siphesihle denied Ndifuni Ukwazi's claim, going further to assert that the government has been transparent and accessible throughout the process.

We suggested a mediation process before the court papers were filed. There was definitely ample opportunity for organisations that may not be able to access the courts to interact with the Western Cape government.

Siphesihle Dube, Western Cape government spokesperson

We cannot look at pieces of land in isolation to the bigger picture. We are living in tough economic times, we must be responsible to how we, as government, generate revenue.

Siphesihle Dube, Western Cape government spokesperson

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Maternal deaths caused by unsafe abortion a cry for reproductive justice

Maternal deaths caused by unsafe abortion a cry for reproductive justice

Two medical experts unpack the importance of reproductive justice in SA and recognising a woman's right to choose.

[LISTEN] Naked Scientist tells us how dreaming occurs and why people sleeptalk

[LISTEN] Naked Scientist tells us how dreaming occurs and why people sleeptalk

Naked scientist Chris Smith explains brain activity associated with dreaming, as well as why you are likely to talk in your sleep.

LISTEN: Debate on Mabulu's latest work and what constitutes art

LISTEN: Debate on Mabulu's latest work and what constitutes art

Ayanda Mabulu has drawn controversy once again over his latest painting depicting Nelson Mandela in a sexually explicit position.

Picking apart Ramaphosa's strong words on 'radical economic transformation'

Picking apart Ramaphosa's strong words on 'radical economic transformation'

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told detractors of radical economic transformation to sit down. Karima Brown gives her analysis.

Young slam poets paint an uplifting picture with their spoken word

Young slam poets paint an uplifting picture with their spoken word

Four young wordsmiths from the SA poetry house 'Current State Of Poetry' gave presenter Eusebius McKaiser a lesson in slam poetry.

"Being colourblind is dangerous"

"Being colourblind is dangerous"

Author and human rights advocate Sisonke Msimang grapples with South Africa's failed rainbow nation ideal and how to build it.

Popular articles
New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

Ipid has revealed that evidence against Khomotso Phahlane shows a dubious pattern in car purchases.

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

The husband of missing Charlotte Nikoi has pleaded with public to come forward with any information regarding her whereabouts.

[Watch] All the Foreshore Freeway Project proposals

[Watch] All the Foreshore Freeway Project proposals

Take a look at the 6 six proposals that have been received by the City for the Foreshore freeway precinct.

We are in denial of people marching against us - Lindiwe Sisulu

We are in denial of people marching against us - Lindiwe Sisulu

Human Settlements Minister criticised the ANC for being passive at the memorial of late struggle stalwart Amhed Kathrada.

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

Professor William Landman explains what El Nino is and its effects on the coming seasons in the Western Cape.

City of Cape Town ratepayers to face new tariff increases

City of Cape Town ratepayers to face new tariff increases

The free 6Kl of water per month will no longer apply to ratepayers owning property valued at R400 000.

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's advisor Chris Malikane and Business Leadership SA's Bonang Mohale.