Demands have been made for the DA-led City of Cape Town to scrap the recently approved Unlawful Occupation by-law and the amended Street by-law.
Social movements, civil society organisations and community based groups have joined forces and taken to the streets of the CBD.
They have questioned whether the 8000 signed objections and a legal challenge from citizens do not matter to the municipality?
They have called for the by-laws to be disposed of as it criminalises people living on the streets and people who are forced to occupy pieces of land because of the lack of affordable housing. It notes that the DA-led run government cannot continue to priotritise the policing of landless people without delivering safe and affordable housing. It’s understood that the City’s housing backlog stands at some 370 000 families.
The protesting residents have warned that they will remember those who voted for these by-laws come November 1st – referring to the looming municipal elections.