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Strandfontein site for homeless heads to court

Published May 21, 2020

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CAPE TOWN -

Following tension between the City of Cape Town and the SA Human Rights Commission (HRC) over the Strandfontein site for the homeless, the City have placed an application to stop the HRC from accessing the sports field.

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The City set up a shelter during lockdown Level 5 which left Strandfontein residents and the homeless up in arms about the arrangement.

The HRC had stepped in following protests at the site to monitor the conditions and circumstances at the site.

"As the commission, we believe our mandate is solid, and we need to guard our mandate and let the court decide,” said the commission’s Chris Nissen.

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“We have been monitoring throughout the country and have engaged with communities where there are little resources. The role of the monitors is to see and to address concerns.

Meanwhile, the City’s Zahid Badroodien has confirmed that the Strandfontein site will be closed and that the homeless people will be moved to smaller facilities.

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