Helen Zille denies claims Tafelberg school site sale has been compromised

The R135 million deal was halted in April following a High Court interdict.

FILE: The Tafelberg Remedial School site in Sea Point. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has refuted claims the process relating to the sale of the old Tafelberg Remedial School in Sea Point has been compromised.

This comes amid reports that her advisor and former director-general in the Public Works department, Gary Fisher, is also a property investor in the area.

Fisher oversaw the proposed sale of the Tafelberg school site to the private sector during his tenure.

The R135 million deal was halted in April following a High Court interdict.

"The premier has emphasised that the disposal of the Tafelberg site has number one, not been taken, no undue influences have been taken in the process to date, and that there will be no undue influence going forward in this particular matter. It will be guided by the Constitution and all applicable laws."

Meanwhile, lawyers for lobby group Reclaim the City say Fisher's involvement raises questions about the validity of the sale process.

Ndifuna Ukwazi's Gavin Silber says "We see that as being a fundamental conflict of interest in another blight in the Tafelberg disposal process, and we also find it deeply concerning, on a broader level, that we have a situation in the Western Cape seemingly where a public official can be both player and referee."