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Eviction of refugees a breach of SADC treaty - ANC

27 May 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) is appalled and condemns a decision by the Democratic Alliance-led City of Cape Town to evict 461 refugees settling at the Blue Waters site on the Cape Flats without offer of alternative accommodation.

A court application by the municipality for the eviction of the refugees - all victims of last year’s xenophobic violence - has now been postponed to 9 June 2009. The ANC calls on the City of Cape Town to - as a matter of urgency - interact on the matter with Home Affairs, organs of civil society and other relevant bodies to ensure that no refugee family is left in the streets during the cold winter.

The refugees, some of whom have lost friends and relatives in the xenophobic violence that swept across the country, have already suffered enough pain. Evicting them is a breach of the SADC Treaty on refugees and our obligation as a country to act in accordance with human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

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Eviction of refugees a breach of SADC treaty - ANC

27 May 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) is appalled and condemns a decision by the Democratic Alliance-led City of Cape Town to evict 461 refugees settling at the Blue Waters site on the Cape Flats without offer of alternative accommodation.

A court application by the municipality for the eviction of the refugees - all victims of last year’s xenophobic violence - has now been postponed to 9 June 2009. The ANC calls on the City of Cape Town to - as a matter of urgency - interact on the matter with Home Affairs, organs of civil society and other relevant bodies to ensure that no refugee family is left in the streets during the cold winter.

The refugees, some of whom have lost friends and relatives in the xenophobic violence that swept across the country, have already suffered enough pain. Evicting them is a breach of the SADC Treaty on refugees and our obligation as a country to act in accordance with human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson

Enquiries:
Brian Sokutu 071 671 6899
Ishmael Mnisi 082 333 5550
National Spokesperson

Enquiries:
Brian Sokutu 071 671 6899
Ishmael Mnisi 082 333 5550