The Minister of Public Works Patricia de Lille has stated that she had not been consulted on the sale and that sections of the land had been transferred to Cape Peninsula of Technology under the District Six restitution programme.
De Lille is now investigating how the land ended up being for sale while the restitution process continues to drag on despite court orders.
Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille talks to Kieno Kammies about why she has stepped in to stop the sale of 25 pieces of land owned by her department in the District Six area, and what this could mean for restitution for scores of families still waiting for land and answers.
The urgency here is to deal with apartheid spatial planning, and because I was also not consulted about the disposal of this land, I wanted to make sure we followed due process and that to ensure there must be consultation.— Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
It's not just about disposal. Public land must be used for the public good first and that's the reason I stopped the sale across the country.— Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
She discusses available land for human settlements, commercial purposes - and land restitution for which there are 100 pieces available.
Land restitution is a priority for me because people have been waiting for years and we must conclude the process one way or another— Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
There will be mixed development in those areas, she says.
Listen to the full interview below:
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