Community goes hungry after Cape crèche, soup kitchen burnt down

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Community goes hungry after Cape crèche, soup kitchen burnt down

A dispute over land in Hout Bay has left a ‘good Samaritan’ traumatised and residents without food

Senior reporter

Politics has eclipsed the coronavirus in the Cape Town suburb of Hangberg, where residents burnt down a community crèche used to provide lockdown relief.

The torching of the Hangberg Little Angels Crèche overlooking Hout Bay harbour last weekend took many by surprise, as the site was used as a successful community feeding scheme.

However, it appears the crèche and its owner, Liezl Mathews, are caught up in a political standoff over land and housing that has raged for more than a decade. The site was targeted shortly after police demolished a shack adjacent to the crèche on land Mathews had leased from the city.  Some residents believe the land is earmarked for government housing delivery...

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