Mayoral committee member for human settlements Malusi Booi said: “The Woodstock Hospital site has been earmarked for social housing opportunities but the planning of these opportunities can formally commence once the acquisition of the property from the Western Cape government (WCG) has been approved by council.”
He said the city has commissioned a feasibility analysis for the redevelopment of the Woodstock Hospital.
“The development of the Woodstock hospital is under severe pressure due to the illegal occupation of the building, despite the city obtaining an interdict earlier in the year to prevent further illegal occupation. Any illegal actions on this site or other sites must be viewed as sabotage of the city’s inclusive housing process,” Booi said.
Since the old hospital was occupied in March 2017, the number of residents has increased steadily. The occupation is orchestrated by Reclaim the City, which has “renamed” the hospital Cissie Gool House. Gool was an anti-apartheid activist and a member of the Cape Town City Council until her death in 1963.