CITY OF CAPE TOWN IN BREACH OF SECTION 26 OF THE CONSTITUTION

STATEMENT IN THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT BY BRETT HERRON, GOOD MEMBER OF THE PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT

CITY OF CAPE TOWN IN BREACH OF SECTION 26 OF THE CONSTITUTION

Cancellation of viable inner city affordable housing prevents the progressive realisation of housing. Eviction of tenant in Woodstock is arbitrary.

In a city with a massive affordable housing crisis – across all income bands except the rich – the City of Cape Town’s DA government continues to demonstrate a couldn’t-care-less attitude to their constitutional obligations.

Section 26 of the Constitution requires the State to take reasonable measures to achieve the progressive realisation of the right to housing.

Section 26 also prohibits arbitrary evictions.

The DA in government in the City is acting unconstitutionally.

The DA in government in the City is also acting grossly dishonestly.

Last month the DA government cancelled 5 viable inner city affordable housing projects.

Between the Mayor and the Mayco Member for Housing they gave different and conflicting excuses.

None of them are legitimate.

The most absurd of all was the Mayor’s claim that disposing of sites without development rights is unlawful.

In that same week the City advertised 4 sites for disposal - with no development rights.

The cancellation of the 5 inner city housing projects is unreasonable and intentionally prevents the progressive realisation of housing.

This week the same DA government attempted a massive sell off of public land, by way of auction, to the highest bidder.

This included land parcels that do have development rights.

For example there were land parcels in Durbanville zoned General Residential 1 –this zoning permits medium density, low-rise, blocks of flats.

Perfect for affordable housing. Perfect to tackle apartheid’s urban structuring.

Included in this wholesale sell off of public properties was a house in Plein Street in Woodstock.

Mr Kenny Blaine has been a tenant in this house since 1976. He has paid his rent to the City every month for 43 years.

I visited him yesterday.

He told me his rent is paid even for this month of September.

To sell off this house the City got an eviction order against Mr Kenny Blaine and the Sheriff evicted him on Monday – the day before the auction.

This is an old house in Woodstock where the tenant is an 80 year old man in good standing for 43 years.

There can be no urgent or pressing reason for the sale of the house and the eviction.

The eviction is arbitrary and the City has violated the constitution.

While the DA’s election manifestos make promises of spatial integration the DA in government is consciously working to entrench apartheid ideology.

BRETT HERRON MPP

GOOD