Ehrenreich wants Gordon's Bay lease probe

2011-08-03 21:45

Cape Town - ANC City of Cape Town councillor Tony Ehrenreich has asked the public protector to investigate the "corrupt" sub-letting of city-owned holiday cottages in Gordon's Bay.

Ehrenreich said the holiday cottages were hired to "many" National Party councillors under 50-year leases before the end of apartheid in 1994.

Many of the R1 200 a month leases are now being subleased to others for up to R20 000 per month.

"These holiday cottages are the property of the City of Cape Town and should be available for the use of all the citizens of Cape Town," Ehrenreich wrote in a letter to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

"This is clearly corrupt and a perpetuation of the looting that had happened under apartheid, by the apartheid beneficiaries. We would like the public protector to also consider whether it is legal for apartheid theft to continue, where these are in conflict with the Municipal Finance Act."

The City of Cape Town was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

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