Homeless shelter baas: ‘We install order through the sjambok’
Times Select visits the Pretoria homeless shelter hijacked by a rogue committee that reports to a taxi association
A city-owned homeless shelter in Pretoria is being run by a rogue chairman who insists he was legitimately elected by a taxi association, and is supported by a “committee” who use sjamboks to “keep the peace”.
Those seeking shelter here – as a suspected serial killer prowls the streets of Pretoria where five homeless people have been killed – are charged R5 to use working toilets, or can use a bucket system at no charge. Renting a bed can cost anything between R50 to R200 per day.
Tom*, 62, who has been at the shelter for four days, told Times Select he came to the Struben No. 2 shelter in Marabastad in Pretoria because he felt unsafe. ..