Leaving Home

The story of how eviction has hurt a Cape Town family

Photo of Charol Jacobs in her Wendy house

Charol Jacobs lived in this Wendy house before she was evicted from Woodstock.

By Daneel Knoetze

7 March 2017

In Woodstock, between Gympie and Baron Streets — not from the Cape Town CBD, ground has broken on a new apartment block: The Woodstock Quarter.

Charol Jacobs lived in a Wendy house on the land where The Woodstock Quarter now rises. Her family had to relocate to Manenberg on the Cape Flats. Leaving Home, a short documentary film in four parts, premiered on 14 March on GroundUp. It profiles Charol and her son Ashley, and shows the less visible effects of the city’s rapid gentrification.

Part one: Woodstock

Part two: Leaving Home

Part three: Manenberg

Part four

Leaving Home is directed by Daneel Knoetze. Knoetze has previously worked as a reporter for The Cape Argus and GroundUp. He currently works for Ndifuna Ukwazi. This is his first film. Leaving Home is produced by Ndifuna Ukwazi and Wagtale.