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'How will they pay?' City of Cape Town slammed for allegedly fining the homeless

02 July 2019 - 08:57 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Homeless people in Cape Town will pay hefty fines for 'obstructing pedestrian traffic'.
Homeless people in Cape Town will pay hefty fines for 'obstructing pedestrian traffic'.
Image: ANTON SCHOLTZ

South Africans have taken to social media seething with anger after reports that the City of Cape Town is fining homeless people for allegedly "obstructing pedestrian traffic" and allegedly breaking other bylaws.

A News24 report on Monday revealed that homelessness in Cape Town may now come at a cost, following various complaints by residents, who felt that the city was not being consistent in enforcing its bylaws.

Law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason denied that they were targeting the homeless, but said they are after anyone who violates the city's bylaws, which prohibit camping, noise, nuisances and setting up fires in undesignated areas. 

Lighting a fire in an undesignated area will cost up to R1,500, while anyone obstructing pedestrian traffic could be fined R300.

Since the release of the report, many have taken to Twitter to express their frustration and anger towards the residents who complained about the homeless, and the city for the way it has handled the situation.


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