Public Open Spaces Are Sacrosanct

01 April 2014


Len Swimmer, IFP Western Cape Premier Candidate, says that Public Open Spaces should be sacrosanct. 


“Local and provincial governments in the Western Cape should treasure and guard these Public Open Spaces for the public, and not sell them off to the highest bidder. Nor should they pretend that they are promoting job creation and economic development with their covert actions.” 


He was speaking after the landmark decision was announced not to build a mall at Princess Vlei, after a 10-year campaign by local activists. 


“We hope that the guardians of Public Open Spaces consider the voice of the people before making autocratic decisions that destroy the environment for short term gain - and permanently destroy the few Public Open Spaces there are left in the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular. 


“The IFP urges those in government positions in Cape Town and the Western Cape to uphold Section 24 (b) of the South African Constitution which clearly states that everyone has the right to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations; and (iii)secure ecological sustainable development”.


“This is to be read with Section 7(2) of Chapter 2 of The Bill of Rights which clearly enshrines the rights of all people in our country “to be respected, protected and fulfilled.”




Issued by:

IFP Western Cape Premier Candidate, Mr Len Swimmer, Cell: 082 452 1799


Or contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus’s Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, Cell: 072 497 1252