ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

30 June 2015

Chatsworth Interim Shelter Officially Closes

The Chatsworth interim shelter which had accommodated displaced African immigrants is officially being closed today, 30 June 2015.

If there are people that still remain at the shelter by 24h00 tonight, those people will have to make representation to government as to why they are still at the shelter as they were duly notified about the eminent closure.

The aim of establishing the interim shelter was to protect the displaced African immigrants from the then volatile situation they faced back in their communities. However, after assessing the conditions and conducting extensive social community dialogues through the Provincial Department of Community Safety and Liaison, government is pleased that the situation has normalised. This therefore, means that the shelter should cease to operate.

African immigrants at the shelter have been offered an option of being reintegrated into the communities they once lived in, while others have requested to be repatriated to their countries of origin.

There were over 5000 people accommodated in the three temporary shelters in eThekwini Municipality. Of the three temporary shelters set up, two have been closed due to the successful reintegration of affected émigré communities and the Chatsworth shelter was the last remaining shelter. 

There was an outpour of support from various stakeholders including the non-government sector who donated food, personal hygiene and baby supplies. All the Non-Profit Organisations who worked with the City at the shelter, did so on a voluntary basis.

Owing to the fact that the situation in communities has stabilised, most of the donors have withdrawn their services, as they see that there is no longer any violence directed at African immigrants in communities.

We would like to thank all those who worked with government to create a truly united African continent and ensure that peace and harmony returns to the areas where there was violence against African immigrants.

ENDS

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 0313114855 or email:gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za​