Bromwell Street evictions: Judge wants more information on temporary relocation
Woodstock residents say they're not fighting their eviction, but they don't want to be moved to Wolwerivier, a settlement about 30km from the CBD.
CAPE TOWN - A judge says he has to consider whether moving Woodstock residents to a so-called temporary relocation area near Atlantis is just and equitable.
Twenty-seven Bromwell Street residents are asking the Western Cape High Court to order the City Of Cape Town to provide them with emergency accommodation near to where they currently live.
The residents say they're not fighting their eviction, but they don't want to be moved to Wolwerivier, a settlement about 30km from the CBD.
Advocate Sheldon Mugardie, who's representing the Bromwell Street residents, has argued that the city has been inflexible in its handling of the matter.
Mugardie has told the court that the city failed to take a case-specific approach by simply deciding to send residents to an area that's far from their current home.
Acting Judge Mark Sher says he would need more information about Wolwerivier, like whether anyone has ever left the area or whether there are plans to make it a permanent location.
The city's lawyer Advocate Karrisha Pillay argued that given the judge's request for new information at this stage, further argument would no longer be of relevance.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)