Updates on CapeTown refugees eviction and violent clash with police
1. Members of the group insisted on staying at the area surrounding the Central Methodist Church in the Cape Town CBD
2. Trouble and confusion as six members of the 200 refugees have been forcefully removed from Zonnebloem Park by Cape Town law enforcement agencies
3. Reports suggest that arrests have been made, with law enforcement officers carried some people away, loading them into armoured vehicles.
4. Leaders of the group, Congolese nationals Papy Sukami and JP Balus, are nowhere to be seen.
5. Police officer injured her elbow in the fray.during clash with refugees
The refugees have been demanding relocation to other countries besides their home countries because of fear for their safety in South Africa.
For this reason, they have been protesting for months — first outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in St Georges Mall and then outside the Methodist church on Greenmarket Square.
Two week ago, the City of Cape Town were successful in obtaining a court order against the group that allowed the City to impose bylaws and remove them from the church
following complaints of public urination and defecation. The refugees were evicted from the Cape Town CBD on Sunday, and now they are been removed from Zonnebloem Park in District Six after initial warning from the police.