South Africa: Separate Development Remains a Blemish On Our Democracy


The Western Cape is failing to roll out social housing, with a 571,979,000 backlog, the greatest demand being in Cape Town. The provision of social housing on the city's peripheries recreates the apartheid ideal of separate development. This is why the province's decision to sell the well-located Tafelberg property in Sea Point to a private buyer is unjustified.

Ndifuna Ukwazi appeared in the Western Cape High Court from 25 -29 November 2019 to challenge a decision by the Western Cape Provincial Government to sell a well-located property in Sea Point to a private buyer, the Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School, for R135-million. The province did this amid the worst housing crisis in South Africa, and acutely so in Cape Town.

Ndifuna Ukwazi argued that the province ought to have earmarked that land for social housing because it would allow low- to medium-income people to live close to the city where they can access economic opportunities. Ndifuna Ukwazi further added that the province's failure to roll out social housing in the inner city and surrounds was in breach of its constitutional mandate to provide housing in terms of Section 26. Ndifuna Ukwazi conceded that although this right must be achieved through...

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