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Repatriating foreign nationals not best option, says SAHRC

22 December 2019

The refugees are facing an eviction threat after the City of Cape Town brought an urgent court application.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling on the City of Cape Town to make emergency shelter available for refugees facing eviction from the central Methodist Mission Church.
The refugees are facing an eviction threat after the City brought an urgent interdict claiming that the refugees have violated health and safety bylaws.

The SAHRC Western Cape regional commissioner Chris Nissen says he finds it strange that City officials claim they don't have emergency housing.
Nissen says authorities must make a plan to provide shelter for the refugees because says extraordinary situations demand extraordinary measures.
The City's JP Smith told CapeTalk this week that providing such emergency shelter would create a precedent.

Nissen has called on the municipality to help integrate the refugees into local communities rather than evicting them.
The City says they don't have enmergnecy hosuing but I find that very strange.
Rev Chris Nissen, Western Cape regional commissioner - SAHRC
There is a crisis situation. The authority must find out what they can do.
Rev Chris Nissen, Western Cape regional commissioner - SAHRC

Source: Cape Talk

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