- Newly-appointed minister of public works and infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, has voiced that her main goal moving forward is to focus on meeting housing needs for poor South Africans
- De Lille has always had ‘spatial justice’ high up on her list of priorities and it seems she will be continuing this fight
- The new public works and infrastructure minister also dismissed accusations that she is simply being used by the ANC to regain control of the Western Cape
South Africa was surprised recently when ex-Democratic Alliance (DA) ex-mayor of Cape Town and creator of the GOOD political party, Patricia de Lille, was announced as part of South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet.
De Lille has taken up the position of minister of public works and infrastructure and has come forward to say that she sees this appointment as a “good opportunity” to positively affect spatial issues in South Africa.
The cruel legacy of Apartheid spatial planning is still felt across the country and de Lille wants to spend much of her time combatting this, IOL reported.
“While it is difficult to say exactly what my key focus areas will be at this stage, spatial justice is right up there,” the new minister of public works and infrastructure explained.
As the minister in this position, de Lille will be in charge of all fixed, state-owned property, Briefly.co.za gleaned.
The topic of housing and spatial justice has always been of interest to de Lille.
While she was mayor of Cape Town, de Lille attempted to engage with these issues and she will continue to do so now, as minister of public works and infrastructure.
“Engagement must take place. We must swop well-located land for housing opportunities so that people can have better lives and so this talk of a better life for all can become a reality,” de Lille said.
When asked about the rumours regarding her appointment being a ploy by the ANC wanting to regain power in the Western Cape, de Lille brushed the suggestion aside.
“That is rubbish. The DA messed up in the Western Cape. I have won court cases against them. They must leave me alone. I am focused on building an inclusive country. I don’t care about people’s opinions,” de Lille enforced.
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