Durban Metro’s ‘apartheid’ vagrant clean-up slammed

2014-08-11 00:00

A DURBAN civic right movement has accused the city of behaving like an apartheid-era municipality.

The Organisation for Civic Rights (OCR) has accused the Durban Metro Police of behaving in a similar fashion to the SAPS in the 1980s in the manner that it has “ejected” the homeless from the CBD.

The organisation’s call is on top of mounting dissatisfaction from community activists who have accused the municipality of having no plan in dealing with the growing homeless population.

OCR chairperson Iqbal Mohamed said, “Cleaning up of neighbourhoods must be done in a dignified way. There needs to be a strategy.”

The Witness reported earlier that the city had embarked on a campaign to clear the city of vagrancy with specific emphasis on Botha’s Park. The park, according to authorities, was home to many drug addicts addicted to the heroin-laced whoonga.

“There are people on our streets with what appear to be serious psychological issues. We need these people to be assessed. We need more than just social workers on the street. The only way we will really get this issue under control is if we mobilise for the poor like we mobilised against apartheid but sadly I don’t see this happening,” said Mohamed.

He called the city’s approach “indefensible”, stripping the homeless of their dignity by called them “vagrants” or “whoonga addicts” and said it “would appear that the city is behaving like its predecessor apartheid municipality”

Umbilo activist Vanessa Burger said police units have been deployed to perform daily sweeps on vagrants and addicts.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.