Bromwell Street residents have latest court fight postponed


Bromwell Street residents have latest court fight postponed

Farren Collins | 2017-05-18 14:00:39.0

Bromwell Street residents protest in front of the Cape Town High Court on Wednesday.

Image by: Screengrab via Justin Deffenbacher/Twitter

The latest legal episode in Cape Town’s Battle of Bromwell Street was postponed on Wednesday.

Arguments for Acting Judge Leslie Weinkove’s recusal from the Woodstock residents’ eviction case were due to be heard in the High Court in Cape Town.

The Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre brought forward the application for Weinkove’s recusal on behalf of the Woodstock residents‚ following Weinkove’s hearing of the matter in February‚ for which judgment was reserved.

But after being told of recently uncovered information about the construction of Wolwerivier relocation camp — the proposed temporary home for the Bromwell Street families — Weinkove postponed the hearing to August 3.

“This gives time to the lawyers for the Bromwell Street families to place this information before the court in a new affidavit‚” said a statement from Ndifuna Ukwazi.

The owner of the Bromwell Street homes sold the properties to a private developer. The City of Cape Town stepped in and planned to move the families to new accommodation at Wolwerivier‚ almost 30km from the inner city.

The residents are seeking a court order declaring that the city has a constitutional obligation to provide them with emergency accommodation in an area as near as feasibly possible to their current homes.

– TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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