Mzansi social media users are up in arms after reports that the City of Cape Town is fining homeless people emerged. The fines would be for "obstructing pedestrian traffic" and allegedly breaking other by-laws.
According to News24, 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 by-laws.
Law enforcement spokesperson, Wayne Dyason, has denied that they were targeting the homeless, but said they are after anyone who violates the law of the city. Homeless people will be expected to pay fines of well over R1 000 for certain crimes. For example, lighting a fire in an undesignated area will cost up to R1 500, while obstructing pedestrian traffic could be fined R300.
Since the report was released, many have taken to social media to voice their disgust at how Cape Town is handling the situation.
Twitter user laila_laily_ said:
"I’m so appalled by this. How are homeless people supposed to pay fines? Is this a joke?"
"#DearMandela. A homeless person pays R1 500 fine if they are caught sleeping in the lofty streets of Cape Town. The freedom you fought for is being dragged through the mud."
While NkuleMnqwazi said:
"Okaaay... How will they pay those fines? They can barely afford a loaf of bread."
"What's sad is that they know that they are homeless and they are not willing to do anything about it."
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