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Housing debacle divides De Waal Drive residents

More than 100 residents have reportedly been ordered to relocate to a development in Pelican Park.

The City of Cape Town with Table Mountain in the background. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some residents living in houses along De Waal Drive on Monday said a housing debacle has divided their previously close-knit community.

More than 100 residents have reportedly been ordered by the Department of Human Settlements in the Western Cape to relocate to a development in Pelican Park.

Tensions are running high in the community after some residents refused to sign a petition opposing the move.

Several disgruntled De Waal Drive residents gathered in the local park on Sunday to discuss what their next move would be.

Following a recent meeting with housing officials, residents claim they were given an ultimatum to pay a market related rent of up to R6,000 per month or move.

But some residents said the flats were shoddy and rentals too high.