Locked out: society’s outcasts
The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a harsh spotlight on inequalities in SA – housing in particular. As people are told to stay home to ‘flatten the curve’, what happens to those with no home to go to?
The serene gardens of St Wilfrid’s Anglican Church in Hatfield, Tshwane, stand in stark contrast to the streets that have been home to Sello Mabaane, 35, for the past 21 years.
Here at St Wilfrid’s, Mabaane — one among thousands of homeless people in SA — has been given refuge for the duration of the coronavirus-induced national lockdown. The church is one of 12 small temporary shelters set up in the capital to accommodate homeless people — a welcome addition to the larger shelters set up by local authorities in Tshwane...