Under Patricia de Lille, the Democratic Alliance (DA) gutted the housing department. Public housing took a “catastrophic plunge” from over 12,400 houses delivered in 2012/2013 to 6681 three years later. 2017/2018 had fewer than 1000 built.
“You’ve got to judge De Lille by what she does, not what she says. What she says is really progressive… all the right language… a transformed Cape Town. She wins the most powerful electoral mandate of any mayor (to do that). Instead, where does she spend that political capital? And it’s not just her, its the whole DA administration. They spend that capital on what they call ‘catalytic projects’. Officials will tell you that these projects are pulled out of the air. They’re the mayor’s ideas and, at the end of the day, all about enabling big property developers… incestuous relationships with the political leadership…”
Eusebius McKaiser interviews Crispian Olver about his book, ‘A House Divided: The Feud That Took Cape Town to the Brink’. They discuss the DA’s Laptop Boys, JP Smith, Helen Zille and Tony Leon’s company’s fear-mongering during the water crisis.