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‘Woodstock evictions reminiscent of what happened in District Six’

Former District Six residents say the Woodstock evictions reminds them of what happened to them over four decades ago.

FILE: Residents who are facing eviction from Woodstock due to failure to pay rent outside today. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former District Six residents say what's happening to Woodstock residents who are being evicted from their homes is reminiscent of what happened to them during apartheid.

A group of Albert Road residents, who are facing eviction, were in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

Residents want the court to determine if the eviction is to be carried out, when would be a suitable date for it to be enforced.

The landlord served the 14 families with eviction notices earlier this year for failure to pay rent.

Resident Charmaine Marcus says they're also hoping the City of Cape Town can help them with temporary accommodation close to Woodstock.

“We’ve been staying here from 35 years to 50 and 60 years upwards, children go to school here, the hospital is here for the old people and everything is nearby. Why must we go to other areas.”

District Six Working Committee member Sharifa Davids, who was also in court, says the eviction of residents from Woodstock reminds her of what happened to her and her family more than four decades ago.

“For them to be evicted in a time where there is supposed to be no more apartheid, everyone if free and they live in that place. It’s like me being evicted, forcefully removed, in the apartheid time.”

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