DA slams BCM for ‘refusing’ to shelter homeless

Homeless man Sifundo Mkhize walks on the deserted Oxford Road in Sandton
Image: Thapelo Morebudi/The Sunday TimesDe

DA BCM constituency leader Chantel King has accused the municipality of “blatantly refusing” to provide shelter for the homeless population during the national lockdown, despite a directive from President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“I was informed that the Metro has not identified any areas or community halls for the department of social development (DSD) to use as shelters,” King said.

She also said that BCM has shown an unwillingness to cooperate with the DSD.

“When I called the contact person for the EC DSD, I was told BCM felt it’s not their mandate and asked assistence to compel them to do so,” said King.

“I have written to the municipal manager (Andile Sihlahla) to remind him of the Metro’s duty to the more than 300 homeless people struggling for survival in the metro.

“The Mayor’s inability to ensure that various political parties are part of discussions have stifled proper communication to the residents of BCM.”

The GO! & Express contacted BCM executive mayor spokesperson Luzuko Buku multiple times to ask about what plans the municipality had in place to care for the metro’s homeless population and request a response to the DA’s allegations.

At the time of going to print, no response had been received.

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