Flyaway Herron’s talking rubbish‚ says Cape Town deputy mayor

Cape Town’s deputy mayor has rejected a torrent of criticism directed at the city council’s DA administration by a departing ally of ex-mayor Patricia de Lille.

Resigning from the council and the DA on Thursday‚ mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett Herron said a “white cabal” in the DA had blocked the sale of Salt River Market for affordable housing.

“I cannot in good conscience sit by and watch the party lie to the public about this‚ nor can I continue to meet with communities and promise to deliver housing when it is clear that many in the party – enough to stop projects – are opposed to the provision of well-located affordable housing‚” said an emotional Herron‚ who later issued a 3‚000-word statement about his grievances with the DA.

But deputy mayor Ian Neilson said Herron – one of eight DA councillors who have followed De Lille out of the council and the DA – had “severely misrepresented” what had happened when the council debated a proposal to sell the land to Communicare at a heavily discounted price.

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