The remaining homeless folks at Strandfontein momentary shelter have been eliminated on Wednesday 20 Might, following a court docket order granted by Choose Robert Henney.
The Metropolis of Cape City has disputed the contents of a letter despatched by a lawyer representing the pursuits of homeless folks “dumped” below a bridge at Culemborg after the closure of a short lived shelter at Strandfontein.
The Metropolis’s government director of security and safety, Richard Bosman’s response on Saturday 23 Might got here within the wake of a letter despatched by Lucien Lewin from the legislation agency Dingley Marshall.
Lewin’s letter, on behalf of the Neighborhood Chest, follows the Metropolis’s “dumping” of 178 homeless folks below a bridge at Culemborg on Thursday 21 Might.
Lewin requested the Metropolis to supply an endeavor by not later than Saturday 23 Might to supply safety to the Culemborg homeless till the quarantine evaluation by the Division of Well being was accomplished and so they have been in a position to go away the realm.
The remaining homeless folks at Strandfontein momentary shelter have been eliminated on Wednesday 20 Might, following a court docket order granted by Choose Robert Henney. The order was signed whereas the earlier lawyer for the homeless, Sanja Bornman, from Legal professionals for Human Rights (LHR) represented them. The LHR later withdrew after the order was signed and Lewin took over illustration.
Lewin additionally requested the provincial Division of Well being to make sure that those that wanted quarantine or isolation be supplied with this.
He touched on the problem of a homeless lady who examined optimistic for Covid-19 on Wednesday 13 Might. Lewin mentioned the girl was in Haven Tent 2 and had had contact with at the very least 178 different individuals who shared the tent.
“Various these 178 people have already been allowed to reintegrate with the remainder of the homeless group. Roughly 140 of those individuals are at the moment attempting to self-quarantine once they have been deserted within the Culemborg space of the Foreshore,” mentioned Lewin.
He added that the group was involved about spreading the virus and wished to be assessed, including that on condition that the Western Cape is a Covid-19 hotspot with a excessive stage of an infection, neither the Metropolis nor the province may responsibly allow the event of one other hotspot or the circulation of people who could possibly be vectors for the illness.
Bosman mentioned any rivalry that the state of affairs at Strandfontein website posed a public well being risk was incorrect. The measures put in place by the Metropolis are set out in papers filed in varied court docket functions pending earlier than the Western Cape Excessive Courtroom, he added.
“The Metropolis denied that the shut contacts of the feminine who examined optimistic on the website have been quarantined at a quarantine facility in Melkbos. The individuals that have been dropped off near the Culemborg website have been supplied lodging at recognised established shelters,” mentioned Bosman.
He mentioned that folks had “expressly demanded that they have been dropped off within the metropolis centre. The Metropolis has no proper in legislation to compel them to take up lodging at shelters towards their will. That is recognised within the order granted by Choose Henney.”
When it comes to a excessive court docket order, the Metropolis was instructed to maneuver and transport at the very least 33 folks to a provincial quarantine facility in Melkbosstrand. The Metropolis was additionally ordered to supply the remaining people with lodging at a secure house by not later than Might 31.
Bosman conceded lady who had examined optimistic had left the Strandfontein website on Monday 11 Might however maintained she had not been sheltered at Tent 2 throughout her keep. The lady, nevertheless, did go to Tent 2 and had been in shut contact with 33 folks, all of whom had been quarantined.
After affirmation of the optimistic take a look at end result on Wednesday, 13 Might, nobody had been permitted to depart the Strandfontein website till all shut contacts had been traced and quarantined.
Bosman mentioned Lewin was incorrect in asserting that many extra residents of the Strandfontein website had been uncovered to Covid-19.
The SAHRC had supplied the Metropolis with an inventory of 27 shut contacts of the girl whereas the Metropolis had recognized solely six shut contacts.
“It bears emphasis that every one measures carried out on the Strandfontein website have been aimed toward stopping and limiting the unfold of Covid-19. Any court docket utility shall be opposed and the Metropolis will search an applicable punitive value order. The contemplated proceedings are clearly vexatious and pushed by an ulterior motive,” Bosman concluded.
In the meantime, Xolani Sotashe, chief of the opposition within the Metropolis of Cape City, launched a scathing assault on the Metropolis’s Mayoral Member for Neighborhood Companies and Well being, Zahid Badroodien and Mayor Dan Plato.
He identified that regardless of the Metropolis struggling a defeat within the Western Cape Excessive Courtroom final week, Plato had tried to current the judicial setback as a victory.
The court docket ruling was “a victory for democracy and marginalised folks over creeping totalitarianism”.
“We warned that the Metropolis was irresponsible unleashing a well being hazard on our streets. Others have sounded comparable warnings,” Sotashe mentioned. MC