Rental mafia’s iron grip on Tshwane homeless shelter

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Rental mafia’s iron grip on Tshwane homeless shelter

A self-appointed chairman charges people to sleep in the capital’s only municipal-run housing facility for vagrants

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Designed to house 300 homeless people, an alleged rental mafia reigns supreme over the City of Tshwane’s only municipal-owned homeless shelter.

Armed guards, who report to the “mysterious” chairman of Struben No. 2, are reported to be enforcers who collect R150 rent every night from queues of people lining up for a small space to sleep.

The building, situated on Struben Street, houses up to 1,000 people a night, according to the Tshwane Leadership Foundation, which represents NGOs assisting Pretoria’s homeless...

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