Refugee’s over the past month have made themselves known in Cape Town. There have been a few conflicts between refugees and the Police.
Alderman JP Smith, Safety and Security has released statistics saying there are 286,000 known refugees in the city.
At the start of January, we saw the refugee leader arrested which resulted in demands for his release.
This week the refugees were chanting “We want to leave”, “No more Xenophobia” whilst holding banners saying “No more corrupt UNHCR in South Africa”.
Businesses in the area have spoken via Carte Blanche explaining that they have seen a massive drop in tourism in the area and sales plummetting as much as 50%.
Home affairs, UNHCR, The Human Rights Commission and refugee leaders are meeting to find a resolution but at this time the refugee numbers are high and a resolution to accommodation looking bleak.