Woodstock residents continue protests against gentrification of area

Woodstock residents along with activists from lobby group Reclaim the City are picketing on the Searle Street pedestrian bridge.

Woodstock residents along with activists from lobby group Reclaim the City picketing on the Searle Street pedestrian bridge above the Nelson Mandela Boulevard on 11 July 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Woodstock residents are banding together in protest against gentrification in the area.

Residents from above and below the main road have been picketing on Tuesday afternoon, calling for the municipality to step in and put an end to evictions.

The city's Transport And Urban Development Authority says it's finalising a "radical and game-changing strategy for the provision of affordable housing opportunities in the inner-city, in Salt River and Woodstock."

Woodstock residents, along with activists from lobby group Reclaim the City, are picketing on the Searle Street pedestrian bridge above Nelson Mandela Boulevard.

"Stand With Bromwell" and "Staan Met Albert Road" are scrawled across two massive banners that picketers hold aloft for motorists caught in the peak-hour traffic to see.

Woodstock resident Rosemary Kroon, who's renting a room in a house, says she fears being in the same position as residents from Bromwell Street who are facing eviction.

“My fear is that every day I have to put money away because I don’t know what [will] happen tomorrow.”