Ndifuna Ukwazi and Helen Zille clash over Somerset Hospital rezoning

Civil organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi has raised red flags around plans to rezone and redevelop Cape Town's Somerset Hospital precinct near the V&A Waterfront.

On Wednesday, Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille said Ndifuna Ukwazi intentionally misrepresented the intentions of the City of Cape Town.

Ndifuna Ukwazi co-director, Jared Rossouw, refutes the claims made by Zille.

I would agree that we are often in the news and that is a deliberate strategy but we are very careful about what issues we raise when we do go to the press.

Jared Rossouw, Ndifuna Ukwazi co-director

Rossouw explains that the Premier is reacting to being held accountable because it makes her uncomfortable.

The activist organisation discovered that the department of transport and public works submitted their re-zoning application in 2016 already and haven't changed it at all, he adds.

What they're actually doing is prioritising exclusive development on this site. It is very clear from the development proposal that they are planning to sell the whole precinct to the private sector for offices and exclusive development.

Jared Rossouw, Ndifuna Ukwazi Co-Director

We've never been against the idea of cross subsidising says Rossouw.

Take a listen to the full interview here:


This article first appeared on 702 : Ndifuna Ukwazi and Helen Zille clash over Somerset Hospital rezoning


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