36-year-old man arrested for rape in controversial lockdown camp for Cape Town’s homeless
“The Strandfontein camp has been a chaotic and shambolic attempt at shelter and now it seems that the City has completely lost its mind by issuing fines to the penniless homeless people. A picture is emerging of a government that is completely out of control,” Herron said.
On Tuesday, the leader of the opposition ANC in the council, Xolani Sotashe, was refused entry when he and members of the provincial legislature, Pat Lekker and Cameron Dugmore, attempted to enter the camp to conduct oversight.
An infuriated Sotashe said he was concerned that opposition parties were being denied their right to conduct oversight visits.
Journalists have also not been allowed to enter the site, where tents were erected to accommodate almost 2 000 people.
Mayoral committee member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien defended the City’s decision to deny various organisations and the media unconstrained access to the sports complex.
He said, while it was a public facility, it was being used as a shelter as part of national efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
When the shelter was first erected, there was a clash between two groups of people, and one man was arrested for the rape of an 18-year-old woman.