“I am pleased to report that our officials are on site and busy with the demolition work,” said Herron.
“They are using a digger-loader machine to rip the building apart. They have started with the roof and will tackle the walls next.”
Herron said if all went according to plan, all that would be left of the house – a “safe haven for criminals” – come sunset would be its foundations.
In previous years, the White House was used for operational purposes by Transport for Cape Town but has more recently been vacant and left in a derelict condition.
Once the demolition of the house was complete, the City planned to move all of the rubble to a dump site before the end of the day.
After ongoing protestation and pleas by the community, led by the Hout Bay Civic Association, a full City Council sitting on Wednesday agreed to demolish the building.
Roscoe Jacobs, secretary of the association, called it a victory for community activism, saying: “As a community we recognised that crime transcends all barriers and we have united in our fight against crime and this approval shows the possibilities of Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and the Valley working together on issues affecting Hout Bay.”