Residents claim there was no public participation and blame local DA ward councillor Angus Mckenzie for doing absolutely nothing to ensure that the process was fair and transparent.
But Mckenzie rejected these claims and said the public process was thorough and that no objection was raised by residents and organisations.
The auction has been criticised by the ANC and Good party's secretary general, Brett Herron.
Soraya Salie, founder of Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies, said: “The piece of land was a dump site and the City never bothered to clean it. The community took the initiative to clean it up and volunteered to turn it into a peace garden. On Youth Day we had an official inauguration of the garden. McKenzie, as well as other members of the community, attended to bless the garden with prayers.”