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UPDATE: Auctioneer confirms Bo-Kaap land is sold

A handful of disgruntled residents protested in front of the Rose Street property earlier this afternoon.

A handful of community members earlier picketed in front of the empty plot in Rose Street. Picture: Ilze-Marie Le Roux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An auctioneer has confirmed the sale of a vacant Bo-Kaap plot.

A handful of disgruntled residents protested in front of the Rose Street property earlier this afternoon, demanding the mayor halt the sale.

They wanted the land to be used for social housing developments.

Go-Industry Dove Bid's Joey Burke says, "We sold the plot today for R1,1 million online - way above the market value. We moved it from a live auction to online to protect various people because there various threats of a protest."

Osman Shaboedien, who chairs the Bo-Kaap Civic Association says this move has set precedent.

"I think it's a precedent that's been set because once this land has been sold, more pieces of land will be looked and sold in Bo Kaap. On that small piece of land, three families can comfortably stay in the Bo Kaap type of architecture and structure."

Earlier today, some Bo-Kaap residents protested against the City's sale of a small piece of land in the area.

Shaboodien says the piece of Bo-Kaap property being sold by the City should rather be developed for social housing.

"People who cannot afford to stay in the city anymore, already staying in overcrowding in the Bo-Kaap, can stay [here]."

Artist and Bo-Kaap resident Ismael Achman asked that the open plot in the prime city space not be used to serve what he calls 'greedy capitalists'.

"Surely we don't deny investment, but please don't let it be at the expense of the communal life of a community."

The protesters wanted the city's mayor, Patricia de Lille, to intervene and stop a private sale from happening.

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