COSATU is outraged at the DA decision to privatise the use of the Good Hope Centre to a Film Company. This decision is not legal as only the Council can dispose of fixed assets – not just the Mayor and her band of DA lackeys. The City is doing the same thing they had done with the decision to demolish the houses in Plumstead, through forced removals.
The Good Hope Centre is the last big venue that is available and affordable to our communities from the Cape Flats. This is public property for a reason: it was built from public funds and in the public interest. The City is clearly exposing their bias towards the interest of big white businesses at the cost of poor black working class communities.
How the City could proceed to negotiate the effective ceding of the Good hope centre to the Big film company when it has no mandate from the City to do that, just exposes how the DA does business. The DA ignores the inputs and interest of other DA Councillors and Opposition party councillors who represent the people of the Cape Flats and instead, panders to the interest of the wealthy.
It is through these kinds of actions that the DA has put in place that the City has seen the levels of inequality increase over the last 5 years under Mayor De Lille. This is also an attack on the cultural practices of the people of the Cape Flats who use this facility.
COSATU and the ANC along with opposition parties will be bringing together communities from the Cape Flats who use this facility to oppose this scandalous disregard of working families’ interest in Cape Town. We will ensure that the Good Hope Centre is left for the use of poorer communities, as the Convention centre is too expensive, and only affordable for the DA white constituency. The Good Hope Centre has been neglected in respect of maintenance since the wealthier groups have gone to the Convention Centre, and we are going to insist that it be repaired.
We must fight to defend our public spaces otherwise the DA will privatise it all by stealth.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions