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Activists vow to continue occupying former WC hospitals

The old Woodstock hospital has been occupied in a protest aimed at forcing authorities to introduce more social housing in the city centre.

Reclaim the City staged a peaceful protest at the Woodstock Hospital on Monday, 27 March  2017. Picture: Lindsay Dentlinger/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Activists who've occupied two former hospital buildings in Cape Town say nothing will deter them from putting pressure on provincial and local government to build affordable housing in the city.

The old Woodstock hospital has been occupied in a protest aimed at forcing authorities to introduce more social housing in the city centre.

Occupiers of the old Woodstock hospital have come prepared with blow-up mattresses, kettles and extension cables.

The first floor of the hospital has electricity and the occupiers from Woodstock, Marikana and Khayelitsha are making themselves at home.

They say the old hospital can be used as transitional housing for those being evicted from private properties in the area or demolished and renovated for social housing.

Across town, Reclaim the City supporters have also occupied the former nurses' home across from the Somerset Hospital.

Ndifuna Ukwazi’s Hopolang Selebalo says: “The idea is to occupy those two sites for as long as possible and to continue with the momentum.”

But Premier Helen Zille says the group is trying to take credit for housing decisions made by her government.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)