'Durban city council taking money from church - unprecedented in history of SA'

The Ark Christian Ministries Church took the eThekwini municipality to court this week, because it allegedly reneged on a promise made to Durban's homeless almost 20 years ago.

702's Refiloe Mpakanyane speaks to Dr Peter Munns, church chair and president of the South Coast Business Chamber.

He says since the establishment of the Ark shelter in 1986 it had provided 900 beds and 3000 meals a day to homeless people.

It became a beacon of hope for homeless people.

Dr Peter Munns, Chair - Ark Christian Ministries Church

Dr Munns retraces the history of the standoff with the Ethekwini muncipality, which started with plans to develop the waterfront area where the Ark was located.

Money promised for the relocation and rehousing of shelter residents never came through says Munns, instead being allocated to metro housing.

He says it is "unprecedented" for a city council to take money from a church.

The money never went into that non-profit organisation company (that was created ). There was political intervention and mysteriously the money due to the Ark - the relocation funding - was given to metro housing in 2001.

Dr Peter Munns, Chair - Ark Christian Ministries Church

It's completely unprecedented in the history of this country (and probably in the history of the world). It defies logic. I am aghast.

Dr Peter Munns, Chair - Ark Christian Ministries Church

Listen to the conversation where Dr Munns also discusses who should be responsible for housing the country's homeless:


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