Criminalization Of Homelessness


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We are looking at the criminalization of homelessness in the City of Cape Town.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown have caused thousands of people to lose income, meaning they now can’t afford basic necessities such as food and rent.

Two recent cases in which 11 people experiencing homelessness are taking the City of Cape Town to court for criminalizing homeless people. Ndifuna Ukwazi will be representing the applicants. These cases seek to challenge two City of Cape Town by-laws that unfairly discriminate against people living on the street, and the treatment homeless people suffer at the hands of the City’s Law Enforcement.

We discuss what this case is about and what it is that the Applicants hope to achieve. Joining Radio 786 on the couch is Danielle Louw, Attorney at Ndifuna Ukwazi as well as Carin Gelderbloem, the First Applicant in both cases.


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