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Cape ‘has met all housing requirements’ for Bromwell St residents

The matter between the municipality and Bromwell Street residents resumed on Wednesday in the Western Cape High Court.

FILE: Bromwell Street in Woodstock. Picture: EWN.

WESTERN CAPE HIGH COURT - The City of Cape Town’s legal team has argued the municipality has met all the requirements to provide Woodstock residents facing eviction with emergency accommodation.

The matter between the municipality and Bromwell Street residents resumed on Wednesday in the Western Cape High Court.

Seven households who do not qualify for social housing are objecting to the city's offer of emergency accommodation in Wolwerivier, a temporary location area near Atlantis.

The residents want the court to order the municipality to place them in an area close to their workplaces and schools in Woodstock and Salt River.

City of Cape Town's lawyer Karrisha Pillay has argued that there’s no contention that Wolwerivier doesn’t meet the prescribed conditions under the National Emergency Housing Code.

Wolwerivier currently houses more than 1,100 people, some of whom have been living there for several years.

Pillay has told the court there has been "great progress" in the settlement over the past ten years.

She argues Bromwell Street residents do not have a constitutional right to choose a location for their emergency accommodation.

Pillay adds the municipality cannot provide emergency accommodation closer to the city centre.

She says the city has accessed its own resources and has met all conditions as set out in the national housing framework.

Pillay adds if residents want to be closer to the CBD, it’s a matter for national government to deal with.

She says the housing needs for emergencies are different for those for social housing developments.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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