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Makeshifts tents that were erected in District 6, pictured in April.
Makeshifts tents that were erected in District 6, pictured in April.
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Homeless people in Cape Town are living in fear of mass removals and a renewed clampdown by law enforcement officials after the national state of disaster was recently lifted. 

Earlier last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Cabinet had decided to end the state of disaster, two years after it was proclaimed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The government also placed an immediate ban on evictions when the country entered lockdown.

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