Help for vagrants

2016-12-06 06:01

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Another operation at the Battle of Muizenberg site has taken place, with social workers stepping in to help people living there.

Councillors are now looking at ways to restore fencing and clean up litter left by those living illegally on the plot.

People’s Post previously reported that ongoing vagrancy at the historical site may be causing irreversible damage (“Battle to preserve historic site”).

The site of the Battle of Muizenberg has become home to a group of street people, locals say, who have damaged a 200-year-old stone wall. Muizenberg Historical Society’s Chris Taylor says the stones appear to have been used to make fireplaces.

In October, police discovered a total of 12 makeshift shelters. Captain Stephen Knapp, with the help of sector managers and crime intelligence officers of Muizenberg police, searched and profiled the 19 occupants of these shelters (“Cops vs homeless at Battle”, People’s Post, 25 October).

Two foreigners were arrested for not being in possession of legal documentation.

Ward councillor Aimee Kuhl confirmed the operation last Tuesday, saying local police, Law Enforcement and neighbourhood watch members were also involved.

“It was a heartbreaking scene to see human beings living in such squalor. Both our social development fieldworkers and police officers have taken down the details of everyone on site. We managed to help a mother with her six-month-old baby and engaged with the [others]. We will continue to offer help to those willing to accept it.”

There are further plans to clean and secure the site, adds Kuhl.

“The next step will be to clear the huge amount of litter and waste on site. In addition to this, environmental management will help with alien vegetation clearing. I am in communication with property management for the repair of the fencing and signage.”

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