Homeless Could Get Fined For Refusing Alternative Shelter


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Should a homeless person be found sleeping on the streets refuse an offer for alternative shelter, the municipality could issue them with a fine.

This is according to a new amended by-law that relates to the Prevention of Noise Nuisances. Chairperson of the City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Committee Mzwakhe Nqavane says while the changes to the by-laws are not yet finalised, it would still need to go through the mayoral committee before its tabled for the final approval.

During the lockdown, the City came under fire by lobby groups and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for its by-laws discriminating against the homeless.

Nqavane adds that this amendment was brought forward to help the City resolve complaints and mitigate risks to the City, individuals, and landowners.

[Picture: Sandisiwe Shoba]

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May 17, 2022
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