'Langa and N2 corridor are now the inner city' says DA in contested land row

Land is a hotly debated issue in Cape Town, with flash-points like the Tafelberg School's controversial sale making headlines, with activist organisation and law centre, Ndifuna Ukwazi, fighting for land social justice on behalf of the poor.

The line has been drawn between private developers access to buying pockets of city land to build expensive homes, and the need for land to be used to accommodate low cost housing projects.

Democratic Alliance: Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, African National Congress: Tony Ehrenreich, African Christian Democratic Party: Grant Haskin and Economic Freedom Fighters: Bernard Joseph joined CapeTalk's Africa Melane in a live broadcast from the Centre For The Book to thrash out the issues.

Voortrekker Road is the inner city, Langa is the inner city, the N2 corridor is now the inner city. Those are the areas we've got to focus on; where the transport corridors are. Not where is is nice just on a political basis to throw out names like Constantia.

Ian Nielson, Democratic Alliance: Deputy Mayor

You are not doing anything equal to the challenge that exists. You can say the pieces of land you sold off are not suitable for low cost housing, but they've been used by developers to build exactly houses for upper class people.

Tony Ehrenreich, ANC

The EFF is clear that we need to expropriate land to ensure that we are able to deliver in terms of housing.

Bernard Joseph, EFF

The ACDP view is that the 'willing buyer willing seller' approach has been underutilised by national government. There has been no political will to use it and it is a perfectly doable principle. Where you have a willing buyer willing seller, you pay a market price and expropriate the land.

Grant Haskin, ACDP

Listen to the entire debate below:

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