DA 'change tune' on golf courses for housing in Cape Town.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it has no intention of bulldozing golf courses or any other sport or recreation facilities.
DA spokesperson for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Cilliers Brink, said in a statement the DA has never taken sport and recreation facilities away from any community in Cape Town, and never will.
"Nowhere in Cape Town, nor anywhere else in the country, does the DA have any plans to turn golf courses into 'slums', and it is patently absurd and desperate of any party to make this suggestion," he said.
Brink said any party truly serious about governing would recognise the urgent need to provide more housing options in Cape Town.
He said the only development currently set to take place on land previously used as a golf course in Cape Town is the R4.5 billion investment by Amazon at the River Club.
The DA distanced itself from comments made by its leader John Steenhuisen after he reportedly gave the thumbs up for the City of Cape Town to use golf courses for housing opportunities in the city.
"We are looking at accessing golf courses within the city's urban edges. There are places where you have a proliferation of golf courses. We have tasked the City to look at how we can release those well-located pieces of land to use for mixed-use developments where people can live, work and play within the urban edge," Steenhuisen said.
He said this will enable residents to access existing services.
However, the party made a U-turn following Steenhuisen's comments, releasing a statement days later saying it had no intention of "bulldozing" golf courses or any other sport or recreation facilities.
This seemingly in a bid to counter claims by its rivals that the DA wants to turn golf courses into slums.
Read the Democratic Alliance (DA) Full Statement here:It is a desperate lie to suggest that the DA will 'bulldoze' Cape Town golf courses.