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Protest at the Civic Centre

TAC Members
Date of Event: 
12 June 2008

Caledon Group's Memorandum to Mayor and Premier


The Caledon Square Group is concerned, deeply concerned, about the strategies put in place by the City of Cape Town over the decision made by the Cape High Court concerning the Premier of the Western Cape’s application to open and accommodate refugees temporarily in all civic centres around the city.  

Caledon Square refugees running out of shelter: Mayor's response is callous and racist

Caledon Square refugees running out of shelter: Mayor's response is callous and racist

  • Plea to Mayor Helen Zille and other state authorities: Open community centres for displaced people including:
    • Sea Point Civic Centre, Good Hope Centre,  Cape Town Civic Centre or similar for the 170 people making up the Caledon Square Group;
    • Woodstock Community Hall, Salt River Railway Institute or similar for over 100 people staying at the Tennyson Street Mosque;
    • Muizenberg Civic Centre or similar for the 50 people staying at the old TAC office at 34 Main Road.
  • Mayor is refusing to open community halls in white areas.


Workshop: Take action against xenophobia

How can you respond to the xenophobia crisis?

The Treatment Action Campaign invites you to come to a workshop explaining how you can take action against xenophobia. It will take place on Monday 16th June 2:30 - 4:30.

Speech by Mark Heywood at UNGASS Civil Society meeting

My theme is: Human Rights – do we believe in them and what if we do? My name is Mark Heywood. I am one of the leaders of the Treatment Action Campaign and the Deputy Chairperson of the SA National AIDS Council.

Court order forces City of Cape Town to open community centres

At about 1am in the morning on 10 June, the Cape High Court ordered the City of Cape Town to make available community halls to temporarily settle "displaced foreigners". The interdict was obtained by the Premier of the Western Cape. The TAC wrote a supporting affidavit.

AIDS: A multigenerational challenge - Providing a robust and long-term response

Gregg Gonsalves of ARASA has delivered a hard-hitting speech at UNGASS, rebutting the arguments of conservative public health officials who claim that over-expenditure on AIDS ignores other developing world health needs.

Crisis at Soetwater Camp escalates: hunger strikes and attempted suicides

A tragedy is unfolding as people who fled xenophobic terror now face the uncaring machinery of the state. Most camps and shelters in which displaced people are staying fall below international humanitarian standards.

Herzlia school sends petition to mayor and premier asking for Caledon Square refugees to be sheltered

On the evening of 23 May, about 150 people displaced by xenophobic violence gathered outside Caledon Square, Cape Town's main police station. They have two demands: (1) they need shelter and protection in the CBD area (or surrounding suburbs) and (2) they want the United Nations to assist most of them to return to their home country or repatriate to a third country.

For four nights they stayed at Herzlia Weizmann School before funding was raised to shelter them for a week. As of Sunday evening 8 June it is not clear where the Caledon Square displaced people will beable to stay. Premier Rasool and Mayor Zille have not given any indication of how they will help them.

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