Shelters overcrowded in winter

Homeless Capetonians say shelters become overcrowded in winter.

Homeless man.

CAPE TOWN - Some homeless Capetonians on Friday said the shelters they stay at become overcrowded during the winter period.

More than 1,000 people are cared for at The Haven Night Shelters across the Peninsula every day.

Some of the organisation's shelters are in areas such as Paarl, Ceres, George, Kraaifontein and Cape Town.

Fifty nine-year-old Delene Riddle-Forrest said she had nowhere else to go after she lost her husband to cancer.

"If it wasn't for the haven, I don't know what I would have done. They are absolutely fantastic and I really do wish people would support the haven."

Forty-year-old Edgar has been at the shelter for six months.

"There are a lot of them [homeless people] outside who need homes. We know the shelters are full, but we hope for miracles."

Meanwhile, the rain is expected to take a break this weekend with sunny skies returning to Cape Town on Monday.

But forecaster Riaan Smit said some snow is even possible this weekend.

"There is a possibility of snow. It will be on the high peaks of the mountain."