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Eviction laws must be reviewed - MEC

Twenty-eight Woodstock families have been told to vacate their homes in Bromwell Street next month.

Residents in Woodstock in Cape Town prepared banners ahead of a march against their eviction. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says the laws governing evictions need to be reviewed.

Twenty-eight Woodstock families have been told to vacate their homes in Bromwell Street next month.

They were given final notice of eviction from a private developer.

The developer, the Woodstock Hub, has now started a crowd-funding initiative to raise funds for the affected families.

Madikizela says government needs to review the provincial Prevention of Eviction Act.

Madikizela says they have offered the families who are being evicted alternative housing in Delft, but the families have refused.

This past Saturday, during a protest, affected residents said they want affordable housing in the area, close to their workplaces and schools.

But Madikizela says this is not an option as there aren't spaces like that available.

Meanwhile, the Woodstock Hub is planning to engage with residents, the City of Cape Town, developers and NGOs to find solutions to the urban housing problem.

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