Tension Between Refugees, South African Police Amid Removals

Refugees living around the Central Methodist Mission Church in Cape Town are being removed. This comes after the Western Cape High Court granted the City of Cape Town an interim order in February, stating that the City can enforce its by-laws on the refugees and asylum seekers living outside the church on Greenmarket Square. Videos and media reports showed police and law enforcement officers lining up to begin the removal process, with some refugees putting up a fight, as their temporary homes for the last few months were being cleared. Some of the refugees have since moved to St Mary's Catholic Church near Parliament, Newzroom Afrika reported.

Refugees are seen leaving whilst police cordon off the area (file photo).

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