No bail for refugee leader

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town refugee leader Jean-Pierre Balous has been denied bail.

He made a brief appearance in a Cape Town court on Friday morning.

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Balous was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assault.

He was allegedly involved in a scuffle with the leader of another faction earlier in the week at the Central Methodist church where they are being housed.

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The hundreds of refugees staying inside and outside have split into factions, with one group forced out of the church.

On Monday, police confiscated firearms and a can of petrol from the church.

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A standoff ensued on Tuesday, with both factions accusing each other of being former soldiers, rebels and warlords.

The SA Human Rights Commission said a stakeholder meeting with Home Affairs and the City of Cape Town will be held next week to lay down plans.


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