“This used to be public land, that is now kept by the wealthiest company, and this land symbolises the problems that we are facing in Cape Town,” said Reclaim the City’s Nkosikhona Swaartbooi. Several shacks have been erected on the land, and portable toilets have even been brought in.
Swaartbooi said they plan to occupy the land for the next few days.
The occupation follows reports that the city council lost out on R140million of public money due to an alleged botched auction of the prime land.
Social housing advocacy group Ndifuna Ukwazi initially sounded the alarm after they obtained documents which raised serious questions about top city council officials allegedly implicated in a so-called botched auction of the prime piece of land.