The activist organisation and law centre, Ndifuna Ukwazi, has welcomed the announcement by the…

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The activist organisation and law centre, Ndifuna Ukwazi, has welcomed the announcement by the…

The activist organisation and law centre, Ndifuna Ukwazi, has welcomed the announcement by the City of Cape Town that an investigation will be launched into the sale of valuable land in the city centre. This after allegations that the land in question was sold for less than its value, amounting to millions of rand in losses to the City. The organisation says questions should be asked about public land being sold to private developers in the midst of a housing crises. Ndifuna Ukwazi objected to the sale of the land, wanting it to be used, among others, for affordable housing. Auctioned in 2016 for 86-point-five-million-rand, the organisation says its real value was closer to the 200 million rand mark. Spokesperson, Nkosikhona Swartbooi says it was sold for a cheaper price to a company that owns 500 properties across 3 continents and is worth billions of rands. Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, says there have been a number of enquiries about the alleged loss as a result of the sale and has asked the City Manager to start a forensic investigation. De Lille says 11 parcels of land is currently in the process of being released to build affordable housing and says she has confidence in the process.







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