Reclaim the City Press Statement: We are reclaiming Rondebosch Golf Course for affordable Housing
This morning, Reclaim the City has taken over Rondebosch Golf Course to protest the City of Cape Town’s failure to redistribute public land for affordable housing.
As we commemorate Human Rights Day, we remember how our parents and grandparents struggle against discrimination and an oppressive racist regime. They knew that there could be no justice and equality without the return of the land.
Our Constitution was adopted to guarantee poor and working class people the right to decent housing and equitable access to land. But two decades later our best land is still captured by a few wealthy people while the majority of Black and Coloured residents continue to live on the outskirt of the city, far from good infrastructure, services and job opportunities.
Rondebosch Golf Course is as big as 45 soccer fields and could house thousands of families. Instead, it has been leased to a private club for R1,000 a year, where membership costs R15,750 a year.
National Government has failed to redistribute land. The Provincial Government has failed to redistribute land. And the City of Cape Town has failed to redistribute land. There are empty fields, golf courses, bowling greens and parking lots across well-located areas.
We are calling on Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson, who is the real power in charge of the City’s finances and land, to come to Rondebosch Golf Course before 1pm and account for why Council is failing meet its obligations and what he will do. We demand:
- Today, the City of Cape Town must commit to end the lease of Rondebosch Golf Course and all our well-located public land. This must be redistributed for affordable housing for poor and working class people.
- If the City of Cape Town refuses to meet its obligations, then the Province or National Government must expropriate the land for affordable housing.
Redistribute this land. Redistribute all public land. Reclaim the City.
For additional comment:
Nkosikhona Swaartbooi: 0724859826
Karen Hendricks: 0735869241
For media updates and media quires contact: Zacharia Mashele 0717140200.
You can find a report here from our partners Ndifuna Ukwazi which talks about the law and what is possible here: https://goo.gl/m8W3uV