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On the same day Patricia de Lille stepped down as leader of the Democratic Alliance of the Western Cape, she is facing a much tougher battle in her role as mayor of Cape Town.
News24 reports that housing rights NGO Ndifuna Ukwazi accused her of not keeping her word to stop relocating evicted black and coloured people far away from the city.
There will be a court application relating to Bromwell Street residents at the Cape Town High Court on Tuesday, and activist group Reclaim the City is planning a protest.
Like Ndifuna Ukwazi, Reclaim the City is protesting against the out-of-city relocations offered to residents who are evicted. De Lille had previously promised that these apartheid style evictions would stop.
According to News24, the NGO said the City of Cape Town’s lawyers are preparing to argue that Bromwell Street’s evicted residents should be moved to Wolwerivier, 30km from the city centre.
Wolwerivier is a grim place, as this footage from Reclaim the City shows.
Those fighting against the relocation said that moving evicted residents away from the city is akin to apartheid-era planning when black and coloured people were dumped on the periphery of cities, News24 reports.
Bromwell Street residents have been fighting for justice since their homes were sold to developers and forcing them to move. Residents say that there are sustainable options within the vicinity of Bromwell Street which could be developed into social housing. This would avoid the burden of needing to travel long distances if located to the outskirts of the city.
Ndifuna Ukwazi say court papers show that up to ten relocation camps are being planned, instead of residents being allowed to stay within the vicinity of the Cape Town’s CBD.
The locations are listed as: Bloekombos Ext 3, Strandfontein East, Pelican Park South, Atlantis South, Macassar, Mfuleni Ext 2, Vlakteplaas, Sweet Home, Aloe Ridge, and Nooiensfontein.
“Each one of these is isolated and far from the city centre,” News24 quoted Ndifuna Ukwazi as saying.
“Mayor De Lille needs to come clean with the residents of Cape Town on her plans to in fact build new peripheral developments to dump black and coloured people in,” it said.
News24 adds that the NGO is asking for the following:
For de De Lille to immediately announce specific locations and timelines for inner city social housing and to invest in long term policies to house evicted people in decent temporary accommodation that is close to schools, workplaces and healthcare.