Activists take on Cape Town over affordable housing
Activist organisation and law centre Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) has launched litigation in the Western Cape High Court to compel the City of Cape Town to develop a housing policy that would require new developments to include affordable housing, says a GroundUp report.
According to NU attorney Jonty Cogger, the city approved the development but it does not include affordable housing units in its building plans.
Cogger said it is just one example of numerous building developments the city has allowed although most Capetonians cannot afford to live in them.
‘Ndifuna Ukwazi over the last two years has objected to about 50 development applications, and has argued that when the City approves private developments it has an obligation to transform the spatial apartheid by asking developers to include affordable housing in their developments,’ said Cogger, adding that only 10% of Capetonians could afford to live in an inner-city building like The Vogue.
‘We have conclusive evidence to show that even just the average residential unit, excludes 90% of Capetonians. That makes this development spatially unjust because it excludes historically marginalised people. It does not do anything to transform the apartheid-era city.’
According to CEO of developers FWJK, Dave Williams-Jones, inclusionary housing could not be incorporated into the 39-story development as it would be too expensive.
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