Its under two weeks till the FIFA World Cup begins. As you probably know, this year, for the first time, it is being held in South Africa and you might have heard of all the preparations which are going on in the country. One of which is disgraceful.
The government is trying to spruce up the image of the urban areas which visitors are going to see. But their plans include:
Moving poor from the streets and from illegal squatter camps into 1,500 corrugated iron shacks nicknamed Tin Town
Clearing the streets of beggars and homeless people
Up to 8 family members are being housed in the corrugated shacks and there is a night time curfew.
This seems to me to be a breach of people's human rights and freedoms and contradicts everything Nelson Mandela has tried to do in South Africa. It has also angered people campaigning for the rights of street children and the poor in South Africa.
Nelson Mandela has put together a group of international statesmen and women who have said that the World Cup will be of great help to the country. However, how can shutting people away in tin can sheds be of any help to their citizens and their reputation?
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