Cape Town refugees ‘left Methodist church in ruins’

  • After police removed some 500 refugees from the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town’s Greenmarket Square on Thursday 2 April and relocated them to their temporary new home, the group say they aren’t happy with their new space.
  • They say that there is a lack of food and sanitation at the new venue at Paint City in Bellville, and some have claimed that the coordinated police operation to remove them from the church they had occupied for some six months had seen women and children beaten.
  • Nissen conceded that while the new site does not yet have enough provisions for the group, with beds, extra ablution facilities and food still being supplied by the City of Cape Town, he said that the conditions are far superior to those they had been experiencing in the church.
  • Sukami’s group of refugees are currently being relocated to a second site on the outskirts of the City in Kensington, with the City of Cape Town assisting with transport.

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