GOOD leader Patricia de Lille has lashed out at the DA, saying it was telling “blue lies” for claiming there was a shortage of well-located land for affordable housing in the City of Cape Town.
The two parties have been at each other’s throats over the release of government-owned land, since the start of the local government election campaign. Last week, the DA requested that the national government immediately surrender its lease for Acacia Park and other parliamentary villages, in order to provide housing for the people rather than politicians.
It also requested that the national government immediately begin the process to sell, terminate lease agreements or release state land such as Ysterplaat, Wingfield, Youngsfield and Culemborg to the City of Cape Town, for development in partnership with the private sector.
On Monday, De Lille, who is also is also the minister of public works and Infrastructure, said her party supported calls by civil society that the use of large pieces of land for military purposes be reassessed and the land or portions of it be made available for housing. But DA mayoral candidate Geordin Hill-Lewis has said his party’s analysis of the land controlled by De Lille and the national government showed it was 72 times bigger than all the identified city-owned sites combined.
He said it would provide between 13 times and 70 times as many homes for Capetonians as all the city-owned sites combined.
My commitment is firm: we will release more well-located city-owned land, and faster, to deliver more affordable accommodation for Capetonians. But, as this analysis shows, the real potential game-changer for affordable housing in Cape Town is the land controlled by Minister De Lille,” Hill-Lewis said.
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