Battle for accommodation goes on for Bromwell Street residents
The land where affected residents homes are located has been sold to a private developer.
CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says offering a group of Woodstock residents, who face eviction, accommodation near the CBD would be unfair towards others waiting for housing.
Bromwell Street residents want the Western Cape High Court to rule that the municipality has a constitutional obligation to provide them with emergency accommodation close to where they currently live.
The land where affected residents' homes are located has been sold to a private developer.
The City of Cape Town's lawyer, Karrisha Pillay, told the court on Tuesday that if the municipality grants Bromwell residents accommodation near Woodstock, it could affect someone living in abject poverty in a township 30 kilometres away. Pillay said this person would then have to wait another couple of years for a house.
Seven households, comprising of 16 adults and 11 children, are in need of emergency accommodation. Pillay told the court that some of these adults do not work, to which acting Judge Leslie Weinkove asked why these people then want to be close to the CBD.
Weinkove also added that while the City may be obligated to provide emergency accommodation, this doesn't mean it has to be where residents want it.
The residents' lawyer Sheldon Mugardie has requested that Weinkove visit Wolwerivier to see the conditions of the settlement, but Pillay has argued against this, saying that the conditions of the area is irrelevant to the relief sought by the applicants.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)
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