Civil rights group pleads with developers not to effect Bromwell Street eviction

Civil rights group Reclaim The City and Ndifuna Ukwazi are calling on Woodstock Hub not to effect the eviction order of Bromwell Street where 28 people will be affected.

This is after private developers from Woodstock Hub purchased the homes in 2013.

Engel says that families from Bromwell Street in Lower Woodstock have until 9 September to vacate their homes, though Woodstock Hub's released statement does not stipulate this date.

We are calling for the directors of Woodstock Hub to come and meet the families on Bromwell street which they have not done

Emile Engel from Ndifuna Ukwazi

Emile Engel from Ndifuna Ukwazi also called on the City of Cape Town to come up with a plan to deal with this situation. He says the city had said that a temporary relocation area in Delft called Blikkiesdorp is full, but those that are evicted out of Woodstock are being relocated there. Blikkiesdorp is like a concentration camp, says Engel.

These people are being evicted systematically out of verbal and month-to-month leases and they cant afford legal representation.

Emile Engel from Ndifuna Ukwazi

Most of them are being intimidated and harassed by corporate property developers and they end up being evicted

Emile Engel from Ndifuna Ukwazi

Engel says the city is serving the property developers and not serving the poor people of this town. He says the city has a responsibility to meet with the people of Bromwell street and provide alternative accommodation because they are also paying tax.

According to Engel, tax paid by a poor person is no different to tax paid by a rich person, "tax is tax".

Listen to the full conversation below:


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