Link.Ward councillor Joy McCarthy has landed in hot water over her alleged racist comments made when objecting to the inclusion of social housing in the Table View area, describing the process akin to “turning your neighbourhood into Khayelitsha by the sea”. Former City employee Mark Rountree lodged a complaint with City Speaker Dirk Smit last year following a telephonic discussion with McCarthy where she allegedly made the comments.
Rountree, an executive support officer within the Transport and Urban Development Authority at the time, had responded to an email McCarthy sent to mayor Dan Plato and called to clarify her concerns. He said their discussion in November last year was to explain in detail the planning decisions for the Table View area. “The councillor had raised her concerns regarding her neighbourhood being unreasonably targeted for densification and making several allegations surrounding inclusive housing in the area.
“I believed the request to stop housing projects because they supposedly make (formerly white) neighbourhoods ‘look like Khayelitsha by the sea’ was bigoted, racist and contravened the Councillors Code of Conduct.”Now a Good party member, Rountree said he has not had any feedback from the City regarding his complaint since January. “I was informed that the matter was still under investigation.” Rountree said McCarthy was “infamous” for her views and he believed she should be held accountable.