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‘City of CT does not have emergency housing in city centre’

27 Bromwell Street residents are being evicted from a private property, which is to be developed. The city wants to relocate them 60 kilometres from their current homes.

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

CAPE TOWN - In a case brought by Woodstock residents facing eviction, a lawyer for the City of Cape Town has argued there is no relocation area closer than Wolwerivier near Atlantis.

27 Bromwell Street residents are being evicted from a private property, which is to be developed.

The city wants to relocate them 60 kilometres from their current homes, but the residents want the court to declare the city must provide emergency accommodation close to where they currently live, work and school.

The city's lawyer Advocate Karrisha Pillay has told the court the municipality doesn't have any emergency housing developments available within the city centre.

Pillay says her client has not embarked on a development like this due to a scarcity of land and the "exorbitant costs of such developments."

She adds the city has prioritised permanent social housing for development in the immediate vicinity of the city centre, as opposed to temporary emergency housing.

Pillay has highlighted the challenge facing the city in its responsibility to provide housing to thousands of residents who have been on social housing waiting lists.

She has argued the city has not been inflexible and unreasonable in its approach, as the residents' legal team has stated.

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