Woodstock evictees given two week extension

2016-09-12 18:18
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Gentrification is destroying lives - Woodstock residents fighting eviction

2016-09-09 09:35

The deadline for Bromwell Street residents in Woodstock, Cape Town to leave their homes has been extended to September 26th. One of the residents says gentrification is destroying lives in Woodstock and Salt River. Watch as we tell the story of gentrification in this area.WATCH

Cape Town - The eviction order for five families in the Woodstock area has been stayed until 26 September, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has said.

De Lille said in a statement on Monday that the owner of the Woodstock Hub agreed in a meeting with the City to extend the period of eviction for a further two weeks so a resolution could be reached.

She told protesting residents last Wednesday that the City was not ordered to provide alternate accommodation for the evictees, as the sale was a private matter, but that she would intervene in the hopes of finding an amicable solution.

“In the interim, we have been investigating the circumstances of each of the five tenants in order to ascertain whether they qualify for the basket of services that the City is allowed to offer in terms of policy and law,” she said on Monday.

The City found that four of the five families meet the criteria to apply for Social Housing opportunities, subject to their acceptance.

One family rejected the offer of a house in Pelican Park.

“The City has plans to build two Social Housing developments within the next 18 months. The Bromwell families will be encouraged to apply when allocation takes place.”

De Lille said she was grateful to have succeeded in staying the eviction, and hopes that the time left will be used to find alternative solutions which satisfy all involved.

Bromwell Street residents protested in August over the proposed evictions outside the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

The sit-in brought the “struggle against evictions to the heart of gentrification”, NGO Reclaim the City said at the time.

The Woodstock Hub bought the land in 2013. Tenants lost an appeal over the recent eviction order, and previously had until September 9 to move out of the houses.

- WATCH: Gentrification  is destroying our lives - Woodstock residents

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