South Africa: Women Decry 'Miserable' Conditions At Joburg Shelter

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Women living at the Ikhaya LeThemba shelter in Joburg's Braamfontein have described appalling living conditions, harsh restrictions -- and some are facing eviction.

"Instead of getting rid of the problem, they're actually creating more problems for women because most of us that go out of here... go back to those abusive relationships, which is not breaking any cycle. It's not breaking the cycle at all."

These are the words of Lebo*, who is currently staying, with her daughter, at the Ikhaya LeThemba shelter for women and children in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The "one-stop centre for female victims of crime and violence," is the Department of Community Safety's (DCS) provincial flagship project. But the centre has been a house of horror for many of the women, who say living conditions there are awful.

"They have tried by all means to make us feel miserable in this place," says Lebo.

And since 2017, the shelter has been trying to evict some of the women and their children.

"They will tell you this is not your home... It's been a horrible experience... they'll just make you feel uncomfortable as a human being," said Lebo.

Khanya*, who was referred to the shelter by a magistrate...

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