The ANC calls for further engagements between the City of Cape Town and the residents of Woodstock to find a better solution rather than brutal eviction of residents from the Woodstock Hospital, which has been under occupation by housing activists. Recently the City of Cape Town has planted law enforcement agencies to intimidate Woodstock Hospital occupants although they are still waiting for the court judgement after they approached the courts to assist in removing these people from the area. Last month, the City said the site could be ready for handover to a social housing institution within 2021. However, it said if the property was not vacated by all the present occupants backed by activist groups, development would be impossible.

 

The ANC believes that removing the occupants would violate the National State of Disaster regulations. In an eviction process there are some steps that need to be followed before resorting to eviction. According the leaders in the area there had been no public participation process regarding the use of Woodstock Hospital as a site for redevelopment and housing allocation, which was part of the process. The ANC calls upon the City of Cape Town to engage the community and land activists that are involved to offer better solutions than forcefully evicting these communities.