Refugees moved to Wingfield

Land has been cleared next to the marquee. Picture: Supplied

There is lots of activity at the marquee erected on a portion of the Wingfield Military Base in Goodwood.

A man washes himself at the side of the marquee. Another man and a woman wash a little boy between mobile toilets on the boundary alongside Voortrekker Road, across from Maitland cemetery.

The fence is covered with clothes and blankets drying in the sun. A group of soldiers stand near the entrance where there are sounds of singing.

The kerbside is lined with law enforcement vehicles and trucks emblazoned with names of hire companies.

The space is now home to refugees relocated from the pavements of Albertus Street  and others surrounding the District Six Museum in Cape Town city centre. This despite protests by members of the Goodwood Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (GRRA) and Kensington, Factreton Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (KFRRA). 

Land has also been cleared next to the marquee, possibly in readiness for the tent erected by mistake at Paint City in Bellville.

This could not be verified at the time of publication.

This tent accommodates refugees from the Methodist Church on Greenmarket Square. All refugees are being moved during the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

A senior law enforcement official forbade Norther News from approaching the marquee or taking pictures.