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ANC 'plays with lives' of refugees

By Anna Majavu | May 29, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ANALYSTS and human rights groups have lashed out at the ANC, accusing it of "hypocrisy and playing with the lives of displaced people".

This after the ANC this week condemned a decision by the DA-led City of Cape Town to evict 461 refugees settling at the Blue Waters site on the Cape Flats without offering alternative accommodation.

Last year the ANC-controlled Johannesburg municipality shut down the Glenanda displaced people's camp without providing any alternative accommodation.

At one point, the municipality even deported 700 people from Glenanda to the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

Duncan Breen, of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in SA, said the city of Tshwane also closed the Akasia camp without providing alternative accommodation, which was arranged by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu said: "As far as I know alternative accommodation was provided in Gauteng."


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