“On the contrary, this is much lower than the valuation of the property. Besides Herron’s misleading comments, he and his party's rhetoric that this government ‘chose to maintain the Group Areas status quo', is racially divisive, disingenuous and completely irresponsible,” Simmers said.
Last week, it emerged that the provincial government purchased a piece of land in Dunoon for R64m in an affluent suburb. Herron has requested that the provincial standing committee investigate the purchase. According to the Good party, the purchase of the land had been in excess of double the market value and amounted to wasteful or irregular expenditure.
“This property is situated adjacent to the Doorenbach land, on which parts of Dunoon is located. Doorenbach is owned by the City of Cape Town, who conducted an investigation into the acquisition of the Racing Park property. The City did not have the funds to acquire the property, and the previous minister of human settlements agreed to purchase the property, with the City's councillor Xanthea Limberg agreeing to the proposal.
"The property was acquired through the Housing Development Agency (HDA), as the provincial government had no power to acquire immovable property in terms of the Housing and Development Act.”