Cape Argus , 20 June 2008
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Activist group the Aids Law Project has announced it will take legal action against Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille next week to force her to open all halls and unused buildings in the city for use by displaced immigrants. ALP spokesperson Fatima Hassan said their letters, sit-ins, petitions and protests had elicited no response from Zille. "The camps are inhumane and intolerable, and from an objective point of view they simply do not meet the standards. Close the camps, they are immoral and illegal," she said during a press conference on Thursday. Her views were echoed by former ANC MP and outspoken author Andrew Feinstein who lambasted the provincial government and city authorities over their handling of immigrants affected by xenophobic violence in the Western Cape. Feinstein, chairperson of the Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign, said at the press briefing that he had found himself ashamed and angry as he watched the xenophobic violence spread across the country. He had harsh words too for Zille and Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool who he said should stop their "pathetic games" and "do whatever it takes to ensure that these fellow Africans are treated like human beings".