CITY OF CAPE TOWN DEFENDS PLAN TO MOVE WOODSTOCK FAMILIES TO WOLWERIVIER

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FILE: Wolwerivier, a temporary relocation where the City of Cape Town has proposed emergency accommodation for several Bromwell Street families. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.


CAPE TOWN – A group of Woodstock residents says they will not stop with their application ordering the City of Cape Town to provide them with emergency accommodation close to where they live.

The question of what is “as near as possible” has cropped up in an eviction battle involving a group of Woodstock residents and the City of Cape Town.

Residents are seeking an application ordering the city to provide them with emergency accommodation close to or where they live.

The residents are rejecting the municipality’s offer of emergency housing in Wolwerivier, a temporary relocation almost 30 kilometres from the city centre.

The City of Cape Town’s lawyer Karrisha Pillay has argued her client believes Wolwerivier is a reasonable and appropriate location.

Pillay has told the court the city has no other such developments close to the city centre.

Pillay says Bromwell Street residents have been seeking alternative accommodation in areas, in the northern suburbs, which is also far from the CBD. In light of this, Pillay argues why then is Wolwerivier, which is 28,2km away, not appropriate?

Acting judge Mark Sher says the challenge here is trying to ascertain what distance is “as near as possible” to where the residents are staying.

PHOTO:  Wolwerivier, a temporary relocation where the City of Cape Town has proposed emergency accommodation for several Bromwell Street families. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

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