eThekwini sets up task team to deal with homelessness
This serves as official confirmation of the process that began in November 2017 when the UBF first met with Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer at The Beerhall. The deputy mayor was shocked by both the stench of raw sewerage, the poverty, the visible effects of crime and the extraordinary potential for tourism and strong business inherent in the Skin Trade Shopping Center. The City Hall meeting with Peer in June was the final culmination of this process.
Our Chairman Sikho Msomi now sits on the advisory panel alongside Al Baraka Bank to lead the process based on UBF policy.
The plight of the city’s homeless was highlighted in an investigative piece by Carte Blanche that aired in August. In the piece, it was said that the city’s homeless people faced exploitation, abuse and neglect at homeless shelters where they pay per night for a safe haven.
The municipality does not see communities, they see vagrants who they need to get rid of,” said Raymond Perrier, the director of the Denis Hurley Centre. The DHC under the direction of Raymond Perrier, serves the needs of a marginalised local community and assists a small creche in the area.