Joined hands can do more to help

2015-06-23 06:00
City workers recently helped to clean up at Atlantic Meat.

City workers recently helped to clean up at Atlantic Meat.

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The Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC), Metrorail, the police and law enforcement joined hands to make sure that homeless people who are settling on private land stop doing that.

A joint operation last week helped with the ever-increasing number of homeless people who are living along the railway line.

Apart from that there was also a crackdown on illegal traders at the Claremont station, as well as a clean-up effort at the Stanhope bridge. Illegal traders were warned against selling at the station and they were told to apply for trading permits.

No-one was found at the Stanhope bridge during the visit there, but there were visible signs that people are living there.

The Palmyra open plot remains an ongoing problem as dumping is still taking place there. Brick structures were found there as well. There were obvious signs that people are using the plot as a place to sleep. Eight people were found on the space.

After removing those people they made sure that the place is cleaned up and look as tidy as possible. They try by all means to discourage people from settling there again.

Workers of the City’s expanded public works programme helped to clean up at Atlantic Meat. The street people were warned to stop parking and washing cars there.

The joint operation sent the clear message that those who are settling on private land will be removed, hence such joint operations will continue to happen. People in public spaces who were obstructing people from walking were also warned that they would be removed from those areas.

However, knowing that the issue of homelessness is an ongoing one and people will continue to settle in the area, Abdul Kerbelker, executive manager of the CIDC, says force will not be used and the CIDC will continue to make sure that they help those who live on the street.

“We just don’t want people to be settling on private land or obstructing pathways. So if we see that is not being followed we will remove those people. We will not use any force, that’s why we do it with our social worker to make sure that none of the people we find will be manhandled – but be helped to go back to their communities or to the nearest homes that we work with,” he says.

Kerbelker urges members of the public to donate responsibly. Those that want to help the homeless must do so by donating to the NGOs near them

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