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 UCT students burning artworks Picture Credit: SAcrimefighters ‏@SAcrimefighters
‘UCT is burning’

The University of Cape Town on Tuesday morning confirmed reports that “four cars were set alight at .


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Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

About 400 displaced people from Cape Town's last two safety sites have threatened to drown themselves on the nearby beach if the UN high commission on refugees and government do not resettle them in a safe country.

The commission (UNHCR) says it cannot send the residents from Eastern DRC, Somalia, Burundi and Rwanda back because of the wars.

Residents have accused the UNHCR of reneging on its mandate to resettle those who cannot reintegrate.

Dadaleonia Myongani, a single mother with three children, said she fled the DRC after her husband was murdered there.

"But it is not safe for me alone here" she said.

Yesterday residents from Blue Waters site B marched on the nearby site C camp and demanded to be resettled. They accused the UNHCR of "corruption".

"They just come here to force us to go back to Khayelitsha" Alex Banda said.

The sites were shut down by the city and provincial governments two weeks ago but hundreds of adults and 59 children had not moved.

Metro Police guarding the site have allegedly prevented food deliveries from charities.

Volunteer Tracey Saunders said doctors who tried to visit "four newborn babies and 60 malnourished children who have ringworm and one who has sickle-cell anaemia" were turned away at the weekend.


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