Gauteng MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, has addressed the question of how the homeless will be accommodated during the lockdown period, by revealing plans to oversee the process in the province.
On Thursday, 26 March 2020, Panyaza Lesufi took to social media to reiterate his commitment to defend the “weak and the poor” during the 21 days of the national lockdown. As part of the lockdown regulations, homeless shelters in the country were some of the spaces that had their services suspended for the duration of the lockdown. However, in an effort to show his commitment to the residents of Gauteng, the MEC developed a relocation strategy that he plans to oversee.
In the statement shared, Lesufi revealed that the process is scheduled to comment on Thursday, 26 March 2020. He will first oversee the relocation at the City of Johannesburg Shelter for the Homeless, which is in Johannesburg, Central Block District, at 18:00. Later in the evening, he will oversee the relocation of the homeless at the Tshwane Upliftment Centre in Pretoria at 20:00.
During these relocation efforts, it is said that the homeless will receive study packs for indigent learners, as well as dignity packs, which will consist of toiletries such as soap, face cloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste and sanitary pads. The statement went on to say that the MEC will also make sanitizers, gloves and masks available for the homeless to use to protect themselves, and others, from the risk of contracting the virus.
See the post below.
— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) March 26, 2020