Activists Ask Court to Stop Province Selling Sea Point Property

Tafelberg site should be used for affordable housing, not a private school, they argue

The provincial government is being taken to court to halt the controversial sale of the Tafelberg School site. The applicants in the case include Reclaim the City, which campaigns for affordable housing, trustees of the organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi, former and current residents of Sea Point and a resident of Khayelitsha.

The applicants filed papers earlier today in the Western Cape High Court. They have asked for the case to be heard urgently.

The case has been filed against the Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works; the premier of the Western Cape; the Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School (NPC); the Trustees for the Time Being of the Phyllis Jowell Educational Trust; the City of Cape Town; the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform; the Minister of Human Settlements; the Minister of Public Works; and the Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements.

The applicants have asked the court to interdict (stop) the transfer of the property to the new owners (pending a final court application), and to compel the MEC for Transport and Public Works to provide written reasons within 30 days for the decision to sell the Tafelberg property.