Bo-Kaap residents, who have been campaigning against the gentrification of the historical area, built the hokkies, which can be seen from Wale Street, on an open piece of land along Voetboog and Military roads.
By Tuesday night, members of the newly formed Bo-Kaap Disadvantaged Community erected nine shacks, occupied by more than 50 people who made bonfires on the field.
Resident, Shahied Robain, 43, says he wants authorities to take note of their dilemma of “zero low-cost housing” in the area.
He has been on the housing waiting list for 22 years and says at the rate of development, which is pushing up house prices, rates and taxes, he will never be able to afford to buy a house in Bo-Kaap.
“I have never had a home and we were promised affordable housing by the City,” he explains.
“I sleep with my wife, two daughters and one grandchild in the lounge of my mother’s house. I have continuously asked our ward councillor Brandon Golding when the homes will come.
“They keep making promises and we keep on waiting,” Robain says.
He says they first put up the shacks three weeks ago, but this was quickly broken down by Law Enforcement officers.
“We rebuilt the shacks, I have stayed here for two weeks and have had amazing support from other residents also tired of being taken for a ride by the City.
“We do not want to leave our homes or the area that we grew up in.”
Resident Masturah Adams, who runs the Boorhaanol Islam Movement in Bo-Kaap, said the only other option for Bo-Kaap residents would be to tuck tail and move out of the area.
“This is our culture and our home. The tourists come to see our lifestyle and heri- tage. What are they going to see if we are no longer here? We will not be moved.”
Mayco Member for Transport and Urban Development Brett Herron said the City was reviewing parcels of council-owned land within the city precinct for development of low-cost housing.
He said available land in Bo-Kaap was owned by the national government, who have not yet responded to their request for acquiring the land.
“The large suitable parcels of land, such as the farm, are owned by national government, but we had previously approached the national Housing Development Agency to seek assistance in acquiring land,” he says.