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Clean-up operations continue at High Commission for Refugees in Pretoria

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Clean-up operations are continuing at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Brooklyn in Pretoria following the eviction of more than 100 refugees yesterday.

The refugees had been camping outside the offices in the affluent Pretoria suburb since 2019. This after fleeing from xenophobic attacks in the country.

The refugees are requesting to be moved to other countries except theirs. Many came to South Africa after their countries were torn apart by political war and collapsed economies.

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The City of Tshwane’s waste management department is continuing to clean up after the structures were demolished yesterday.

Local councillor, Jarad Frimmel says, “JMPD has been organised and is closely monitoring every area within the ward itself, every hotspot area, park or open piece of land. They’re patrolling and as soon as they see anyone, they will then organise other role-players and intervene to prevent them from settling and putting up structures.

SAPS has also posted its diplomatic unit outside the UN building. They’ll be there for seven days and they’ll be monitored 24/7 to make sure that if the refugees do come back they will then again intervene and inform them that the court order says they cannot settle here.”

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