Dan Plato takes on Thubelisha Homes
By Rhodé Marshall
17 January 2008
The Mayoral Committee member for Housing, Dan Plato, says Thubelisha Homes has been hitting the City of Cape Town with ongoing and misleading media attacks on how they are handling the Delft Symphony illegal occupants.
This comes after the CEO of Thubelisha Homes, John Duarte, sent out a statement saying the Cape Town City Manager chairs the committee that allocates homes. Then Cape Town City Councillor Frank Martin was arrested on charges for allegedly inciting the invasions of the homes.
“Thubelisha CEO John Duarte has implied that the City has not taken a clear position against the invasion of N2 Gateway homes in Delft. Yet we have repeatedly stated that we do not condone the invasion,” says Plato.
He says that the Speaker of the City of Cape Town has launched an investigation into the actions of Councillor Martin during the invasion.
“Thubelisha’s claim that ‘two centres of power’ is also a distortion of the facts. The city Manager does not chair the allocations committee as Duarte claims,” says Plato.