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Madikizela accuses Brett Herron of delaying social homes in the Salt River



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Western Cape leader leader Bonginkosi Madikizela held a news briefing Thursday to clarify concerns about the delay in a social housing project in Salt River.

Madikizela said the project was not blocked and was just suspended due to several concerns raised by CA caucus, GroundUp reported.

Members of the Reclaim the City and Ndifuna Ukwazi activist housing groups stood outside Western Cape after being banned from entering.

Their songs and songs could be heard in the conference room. They protested against what they think is the lack of action of YES in the provision of affordable state housing near the city center.

The meeting began with Madikizela's call to "establish the right record". He disputed the allegations that DA was "racist" for the delay of the project.

Madikizela accused Brett Herron, the former member of the Primary Urban Development Committee, who was a powerful lawyer for state-subsidized housing near the city center – not only for delaying the removal of the Salt River site, but for previous situations in which the city did not transport his social affairs.

"We started developing Foreshore," he said. "Now you know very well what stopped this development is the forensic investigation against Brett," Madikizela said.

READ: DA suspended to "racial exclusivity" – Brett Herron after resignation

He told the media that DA was not to blame for the social dwellings in the city center.

"There are people who left this party … [that have] has made the citizens of the city a huge disadvantage. "

Madikizela defended the city's social housing projects, which are in full swing, even though none of the inner city has taken place.

"If you look at our entire pipeline, it clearly indicates the commitment of this government [to social housing]. "

Yes, Metro President Grant Twigg accused Herron of making the future of the Salt River even more uncertain.

"I would like to say that at the next meeting of the council we will have all the information, but the person who should have given it is no longer," he said.

Ward Salt River Counselor Dave Bryant also denied that DA was divided on providing affordable housing to low-income Cetoneans.

"We have not found any counselor in the DA cabinet that has ever stood up and said he opposes affordable housing in the city center."

Bryant said that the Directorate of Transport and Urban Development has set up a portfolio of social housing projects in Woodstock and Salt River.

"The challenge is not the projects themselves. Our challenge is the speed at which these things (social housing projects) are launched."

"The decommissioning … had to come to our entire council in March, but it came to us in October," he said.

Karen Hendricks protested outside the briefing, along with dozens of colleagues who complained to the city's protesters. Three months ago, Hendricks was evicted from her home in Woodstock. He currently lives in the illegal occupation led by Reclaim the City at Woodstock Hospital.

"Affordable Housing"

Hendricks told GroundUp: "The Salt River Market's market site should have been the first site to be developed for affordable housing."

"As a person living in Woodstock, the Salt River and part of the larger movement of the people, I think this project is long awaited," she said.

In the briefing, Bryant admitted: "Many of these projects, unfortunately, lasted too long."

But YES blames the alleged mistakes made by former counselors. Madikizela said: "It's true … very little has been done in terms of city development."

He said that development takes time.

"These developments are in different stages. Many people would know that it does not take a year or two to build houses."

Both Herron and Communication contradicted the DA's reasons for delaying the Salt River project.

Herron said, "The project has a long history: it has gone too far to reach this point and at the point where the DA could have demonstrated to the country that it is committed to what she said in the manifesto and its policies, to send it back. "(Read more about it here.)

"It is disappointing that in Cape Town the spatial heritage of apartheid is perpetuated by this political party," a protester said after the press conference.

"We no longer want to be moved," Hendricks said.

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