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Woodstock residents dig in over evictions

Bromwell Street residents were served with eviction notices have until 9 September to vacate their homes.

Dozens of people protested outside the Old Biscuit Mill against the eviction of 28 families from Woodstock. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents of Bromwell Street in Woodstock say they can't afford to live anywhere else and have refused to move.

The residents have until 9 September to vacate their homes.

They've been served with eviction notices by private property developers.

This past Saturday, residents staged a protest at Woodstock's Old Biscuit Mill, saying they do not want to move from the community, which is close to the city and where some have lived for decades.

Amongst other issues, resident Graham Beukes says they can't afford to live anywhere else.

"Putting us in a place like Blikkiesdorp is like putting us in jail. The places we've looked at cost about R5,000 or R6,000. Here we pay about R2,000."

Residents say they are still engaging with the property developers in the hope that a workable solution can be found that will enable them to continue to live in the area.