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newsThe Star reports that the legal stand-off between sex workers operating in Primrose, Germiston, and the community policing forum (CPF) is far from over.  

No out-of-court settlement was reached between the parties, their representatives informed Pretoria High Court Judge Cassim Sardiwalla in chambers on Friday.  Earlier last week, Sardiwalla directed the parties to find a solution outside court.  The sex workers dragged the CPF before Sardiwalla on an urgent basis seeking to stop what they said was a violent campaign by the East Rand community to drive them out.  In sworn statements, the sex workers claimed that Primrose CPF members randomly assaulted them and chased them with dogs, snakes and cars.  The Sex Workers’ Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), an NGO representing sex workers, said in court papers the application was meant to ensure that sex workers were free from violence.  “In many instances when we are chased away by the CPF, we leave the area, but they will continue to hunt us down, even into our homes, chase us with dogs, snakes, cars,” one sex worker stated in an affidavit.  Tracey Enslin, chairperson of the CPF, said the first round of talks failed because the community was clear it wanted the sex workers out.  She vehemently denied CPF members had attacked sex workers.  The case will apparently resume in 15 working days.

  • Read this report by Bongani Nkosi in full at The Star

Read a letter from the CPF denying a report that it had employed violence at BusinesLive

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