The SABC’s planned sale of its Sea Point residential property, Rocklands Villas, was halted on Wednesday following a court interdict against the auction.
The public broadcaster issued notices of termination of lease agreements for its non-core properties in December 2020, and that it would sell these at a public auction.
A date for the auction was however, not given until last month.
The Human Settlements Department and the Housing Development Agency (HDA) secured a court interdict against the auction hours before the auction.
The HDA said the planned sale of the residential property made it difficult for the people to access well-located and affordable housing opportunities.
Housing activists also staged a protest at the SABC property on Wednesday, demanding that the site be considered for affordable housing.
Three protesters were arrested by police.
SABC’s group executive for corporate affairs and marketing Gugu Ntuli said that the interdict was an interim order, allowing the SABC an opportunity to state its case by June 2.
“Though we are cognisant of human settlement development challenges or spatial inequality issues, the corporation’s mandate is limited in terms of its founding legislation,” said Ntuli.