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‘Rich people buy our land and they throw us to the wolves’

Albert Road resident Charmaine Marcus says that residents will continue fighting to stay in the area, just like the Bromwell Street group is doing.

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

CAPE TOWN - Albert Road residents who are fighting an eviction order say they feel as if they're being "thrown to the wolves”.

Fourteen families were served with an eviction order earlier this year for failing to pay rent. The matter was heard in a Cape Town court on Thursday.

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

The Albert Road residents are not the only group from Woodstock who have approached the courts for help in a housing dispute.

About 26 Bromwell Street residents are still in a court battle with the City of Cape Town and private developers. These residents want the court to order the city to provide them with temporary accommodation near Woodstock, where their jobs, schools and hospitals are.

Albert Road resident Charmaine Marcus says that residents will continue fighting to stay in the area, just like the Bromwell Street group is doing.

“Why are they evicting the people? Rich people come and buy our land and they throw us to the wolves. We will stand and fight, not just for us but all others who feel unsafe.”

Residents in both cases are refusing to be moved to Wolwerivier, a temporary relocation area situated about 30km from the CBD.

The city says it will finalise and submit the report requested by counsel once it is in possession of all requested information related to the people affected by the private eviction proceedings.