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Former justice Albie Sachs slams proposed Clifton development

Activist and retired Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs has spoken out against the controversial Clifton Development Precinct plans.

(Also read our article: City affords the public a chance to comment on the Clifton development plan)

The City of Cape Town has proposed a sale of the seven hectares of Maiden's Cove as part of a broader municipal strategy to generate revenue through the sale of public assets.

Many residents of the Atlantic seaboard have expressed their discontent with the plans and claim that development is being pushed through without following due process.

Sachs, who has been a Clifton resident for many years, says the space means a lot to many locals across Cape Town.

This is pristine land and even in the worst times of apartheid, people from the coast to the townships and the flats could come to the sea. It is historically precious and the land belongs to the public. No developers have the right to take it over.

Albie Sachs, activists and former justice

According to Sachs, the City is merely looking at the land as an asset to be maximised. He advises that public consultation has been framed in wrong manner.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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