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
IFP Western Cape Premier Candidate,
Mr Len Swimmer, Cell: 082 452
IFP Parliamentary Caucus’s Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, Cell: 072 497 1252