Thursday, July 20, 2006

Woodstock squatters refuse to move away

By Chanel September

Squatters legally evicted from a Woodstock premises the city council leased to the unregistered Al Noor Orphanage, have moved into an adjacent sports field in Mountain Road.

The five families including 16 children, now live in tents donated to them the by community. The group spent the last eight years squatting in the disused Castle Bowling Green club house.

With their eviction Al Noor house offered them accommodation in Salt River, but the gesture was rejected.

According to the Cape Times the City Council offered to let squatters stay in Langa and Happy Valley near Brackenfell for free but the squatters said that these places were too far from Woodstock. The group only recently applied for housing.

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