The debate about whether Cape Town Stadium should be demolished is heating up.
Activist Terry Crawford-Browne believes the R4.5 billion stadium should be levelled, arguing the procurement process was not open or cost effective.
Crawford-Browne has accused FIFA of “blackmailing” the city into building the stadium.
He argues that maintaining the stadium will be almost impossible.
The City of Cape said it was not planning to flatten the stadium.
But the Cape Chamber of Commerce's Gordon Metter cautions it is still early days.
“Quite honestly we need to wait and see the outcome of the city council’s current negotiations with province. We need to see if the stadium can be turned around and become an earner.”
The Green Point Ratepayers Association's Bob Gabel says while they consider the stadium an asset, they're worried about council's plans to make it profitable.
“We fear that we are going to have other buildings being built on the stadium precinct. It would give a fair income to the city, but we are dead against that.”
The Cape Town Stadium and four other stadiums were built ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The stadium has since hosted major concerts including Cold Play and U2.
Many critics have argued that the stadium has become a white elephant.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)