Kids play hide and seek as their mothers do laundry, men off load their belongings from hired cars – acts which seem ordinary but the setting, DH Williams Community Hall, dispels notions of normality.
The community hall is one of two which has been turned into makeshift accommodation for over 850 displaced people from Mandela Informal Settlement and Nhlapo Section in Katlehong. These are among the areas that were hit by attacks on foreign nationals in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.
The second displacement centre is Tsholo Community Hall. In the wake of the unrest and violence, the City of Ekurhuleni swiftly set up a Joint Operation Centre (JOC) to provide shelter for displaced people who had to abandon their homes in search of safety.
“We have accommodated different people. Here at DH Williams, the people are predominantly from Mozambique. Home Affairs is on site to assist with documentation,” said the spokesperson for Ekurhuleni Emergency and Disaster Services, William Ntladi.
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