It came after Winde responded to a letter from a concerned citizen who approached Winde to withdraw his support for the looming court action. This as the PHA campaign readies for a court battle with the provincial government and the City of Cape Town.
Activists who have been campaigning for the protection of the PHA want the court to review 12 approved development rezonings in the area.
In the letter Winde said: “I am informed that, from the record that has been filed by Minister Bredell and the City in these court proceedings, the applications submitted to Minister Bredell and our officials were substantive, and consist, inter alia, of expert research and reports containing data gathered over many years, in terms of which consideration was given to, inter alia, the aquifer and the alleged agricultural potential and usage of the land in question, both past and present and alternative land uses.”
He also stated in the letter that the application by the PHA food and farming campaign “is ill-founded”.