‘I live in Covid-19 and not even the snakes will chase me away’

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‘I live in Covid-19 and not even the snakes will chase me away’

Made homeless by lockdown, hundreds have settled on a Cape nature reserve and are refusing to budge

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Nombini Mafilikana has a reptile phobia, but her home is in the heart of snake territory.

Mafilikana, 47, admitted this week that she invaded their territory. But she said she had nowhere else to live, and because Driftsands Nature Reserve, Cape Town, stood vacant she moved in.

She is among thousands of people who set up homes on public and private land across the city during the national lockdown. Wood and tin structures dot about 100ha of the nature reserve, managed by CapeNature. Residents have renamed it “Covid-19”...

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