Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Homeless and Poor Relocated Ahead of World Cup

Thousands of poor and homeless residents in South Africa's World Cup host cities are allegedly being relocated from the streets and out of sight of cameras and tourists during the tournament.

The country's three major cities - Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban - have already started relocation programs, while six remaining host cities are set to follow suit.

Reports allege that more than 800 people have been taken from the derelict area surrounding Ellis Park in Johannesburg, the venue of seven matches including a quarter-final, and moved to shelters away from the inner city. There are also reported plans in place to see another 1,500 people, mostly street children, moved to alternate housing.

South Africa street clean-up begins
May 4, 2010