- The confusion that has hung over the ordeal between the City of Cape Town and refugees has continued to linger
- Police clamped down on the asylum seekers after a verification process came to an end last week
- With no place to go, the refugees are left in a hopeless situation
Police have been hard at work attempting to remove refugees who have been evicted from Greenmarket Square.
The refugees were then later asked to leave another area after seeking shelter in Roeland Street.
The asylum seekers' spokesperson Patrick Ngandu lamented the pitiful situation with no solution in sight, reports IOL:
“This action which the City is taking against the refugees today is very painful. The City is supposed to give us accommodation after the verification process, but now they come chasing us around like dogs. What is the court going to say now? We’ve still no accommodation. They must give us accommodation."
Briefly.co.za reported that a court order had called for a seven-day verification process by Home Affairs, following which the City would be allowed to move in on those taking refuge in the area.
eNCA spoke to Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, who said that the refugees had been informed of the provisions listed within the order and had known for over a week that enforcement would be imminent:
“We deployed a large number of law enforcement officers to prevent an outbreak of violence. The City of Cape Town is not insensitive to the plight of the refugees, but we can simply not allow the situation to carry on unchecked as it has had a major impact on surrounding businesses, including the traders on Greenmarket Square.”
Smith is adamant that the City could not provide emergency shelter to the group:
"Given the great need that exists among South Africans, not to mention the precedent that it would set. The court order says refugees may not settle elsewhere in CBD, so persons will be in contempt of court."
TimesLIVE had reported many of the refugees had made it clear that they had nowhere else to go, adamant that reintegration back into society was impossible.
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