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Is City of CT's temporary relocation area near Atlantis serving its purpose?

Bromwell Street residents are seeking a court order declaring the city has a constitutional obligation to provide emergency accommodation close to where they currently live.

A temporary relocation where the City of Cape Town has proposed emergency accommodation for several Bromwell Street families. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - In a case brought by Woodstock residents facing eviction, acting Judge Mark Sher has questioned whether the City of Cape Town's temporary relocation area near Atlantis is serving its purpose.

Bromwell Street residents are back in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday seeking a court order declaring the city has a constitutional obligation to provide emergency accommodation close to where they currently live.

The residents are refusing to move to the city's emergency accommodation in Wolwerivier, near Atlantis.

Tuesday is Sher's first day presiding over the matter after residents applied for the recusal of acting Judge Leslie Weinkove who they believed was biased.

The intention of Wolwerivier as a temporary relocation area has come into question, with acting Judge Sher asking advocate Sheldon Mugardie, who's representing the Bromwell Street residents, "What is the city's thinking?"

Sher has questioned whether anyone has ever left Wolwerivier, which is currently in the process of being extended, and how the applicants will ever get out should they be moved there.

He went even further to ask: "Will they ever be able to get out?"

Sher has also highlighted the fact that there are no places of worship, no recreational facilities, no hospitals and no formal shops where residents could buy groceries.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)