ANC is using Cornubia to gain votes — DA

2013-09-10 00:00

THE Cornubia housing project is being used as a powerful electioneering tool that could backfire on councillors who are promising houses for votes.

This warning issued by DA eThekwini caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango yesterday came during a visit by the party to the site earmarked for low-cost housing.

Cornubia is meant to be a mixed-use multibillion-rand development near the Gateway mall north of Durban.

The development — mixed-use and mixed-income development consisting of 1 200 hectares of land earmarked for industrial development, housing, commercial and other public amenities — is a joint venture between the municipality and Tongaat Hulett, but has since been adopted by cabinet as a national priority project.

Mncwango yesterday accused some ANC councillors of playing dangerous games by making promises to many people that they would get homes in Cornubia.

“There are only 482 houses built so far, but some in the ANC have promised many people that they would be allocated houses.

“Cornubia is meant to be part of the city’s plan to make an impressive dent in the enormous low-cost housing waiting list. Instead, the ANC is giving poor people false hopes,” he said.

Mncwango said the houses were not enough to deal with the housing challenges in the city. “The poor are being taken for a ride by the ANC. Once the houses are allocated, we might see a lot of protests against the city,” he said.

Mncwango said the city needs to be proactive by telling the truth.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng dismissed the DA’s concerns about the project.

“It’s not true that the city has been using the project for electioneering or promising people that everyone else will get houses in Cornubia. We have always said that the project is not a solution to the housing backlogs in the city. And we have a number of other projects for housing developments in the city to ensure that we meet our deadline for clearing out the slums,” he said, adding it would be suicidal for anyone to promise housing for everyone in Cornubia.

Cornubia has the potential for the development of 73 000 housing units, which would first cater for earners from the low- and middle-income brackets and later upper-income earners.

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