Hassan Khan, chief executive officer of the Haven Night Shelter, said: “There are 15 different shelters that fall under the umbrella of the Haven Night Shelter, one of which is an old-age home. Every night, we have around 1200 people.
“We provide accommodation, food, ablution facilities and have a social worker on site to deal with many different issues. People can use our facilities for free for 30 days, and thereafter we start charging them R12 a day.”
Khan said that if people do not have the money to pay for the services after the 30-day period, they will then be asked to do manual chores for an hour each day. “This social service is province-funded and we make sure that there is always space for people. Even if we have to put mattresses in the dining rooms, we always make space.”
According to mayoral committee member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien, there are organisations in the Western Cape that accept refugees, but these foreign nationals must have the necessary paperwork.