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By unknown | May 13, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Katlego Moeng

Katlego Moeng

Gauteng local government has suspended its planned removal of Zimbabwean refugees from the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg - for now.

Since the government has been encountering resistance, a way forward is set to be deliberated tomorrow.

About 134 people were moved last month. Since then, there were no further developments in the relocation of the church's population.

Gauteng local government spokesperson Daniel Ramarumo said: "We are working as a task team to relocate the Zimbabweans as soon as possible."

He said deals reached with the five locations have been cancelled because their fees to accommodate the refugees were very high.

Ramarumo said the government had appealed to companies and individuals to come on board to help address the situation.


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