The Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille confirmed the City of Cape Town’s decision to cancel the Mfuleni housing development project due to extreme vandalism and violent protests in the area.
De Lille says the contractors offices were destroyed as well as the fencing around the area. A full-time security company was hired to guard the offices and protect the contractors which cost the city thousands of rands.
I can’t go on for three years struggling to get this project off the ground and be accused as the City of not caring about its people.
The housing development project was initiated in 2013 with the plan to build 1 006 units:
- 792 units to be allocated to BM Section in Khayelitsha to accommodate the fire victims of the 1st of January 2013
- 54 units to be allocated to backyarders living in Mfuleni
- 160 to be proportionally split between in Burundi and Mfuleni also for backyarders who qualify for emergency housing
De Lille adds that the majority from the community agree with the municipality and that the protests are propelled by people with political agendas because they don’t want people from Khayelitsha moving into Mfuleni, especially ward 16.
According to De Lille after the contractors finish building 10 – 20 units the community would demolish them overnight.