Liesl Smit | 6 October 2009 | Eyewitness News
Residents of the Spes Bona hostel in Athlone say they are willing to renovate the buildings they live in themselves to avoid being relocated to Blikkiesdorp in Delft.Many of the hostel’s residents have been living there for more than five years.
Some lost their homes during fires and flooding, while others were evicted from the backyards they used to squat on.
The more than 60 families are refusing to move, saying they would rather live on the streets than in Blikkiesdorp, which is a temporary relocation area erected by the City of Cape Town for displaced people.
Resident Margaret Bennet says they will not go willingly.
“I think, as a resident of Spes Bona hostel, I’m not satisfied to go to Blikkiesdorp. We will stand together as a rainbow nation here in this hostel. We’re not going to move to Blikkiesdorp.”
David Martin says families will be uprooted if they are forced to go to Blikkiesdorp.
“All the children’s going to school in Athlone. How are they going to get bus fare from Blikkiesdorp to Athlone? I don’t know. There’s even, there’s no trains nearby.”