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Woodstock residents facing eviction meet to discuss gentrification

Woodstock residents who are facing eviction are banding together to find a way to stay close to the place they call home.

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

CAPE TOWN - Woodstock residents who are facing eviction are banding together to find a way to stay close to the place they call home.

On Saturday dozens of residents held a meeting in Cape Town at the Woodstock Hospital, which has been occupied by Reclaim the City activists for the past couple of weeks in defiance against the gentrification.

The Western Cape government has plans to redevelop the old hospital, renamed Cissie Gool House by activists, for mixed housing purposes.

Reclaim the City’s Maxine Bezuidenhout says the meeting was important as different communities had a chance to speak about the issues of gentrification and rising rental prices in Woodstock.

“What came out of the meeting is that there’s a lot going on in Woodstock in terms of people being offered money for their homes, for developments to go up people are being evicted. It’s definitely a pervasive problem in the neighbourhood. It was important for people to get together and build solidarity.”

Albert Road resident Charmaine Marcus who’s facing eviction says there is a general feeling of anxiety in the area.

“They even felt unsafe because the landlord is asking the people to pay extra money for rental, which they can’t afford.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)