After an uproar over homeless people in Cape Town receiving fines for contravening by-laws, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane is looking into the situation. Maimane is adamant that the motion fails to reflect what the opposition party stands for.
Mmusi Maimane has addressed the outrage following news that the City of Cape Town was fining homeless people for obstructing pavements and contravening by-laws.
The opposition party leader claims that the article highlighting the issue had attempted to 'paint a distorted picture' about the DA's work in the region:
"It does not reflect our progress, who we are, and the values we have stood for in government over the years. It certainly does not reflect the DA I lead. "
eNCA reports that of the 4 800 homeless people in the area, 700 can be found in the CBD.
The city insists that it is not targeting the homeless, claiming they are actually attempting to help by creating safer spaces for them:
“We have created a space where people can easily access such assistance such as showers, toilets and accommodation. They can structure the accommodation as they see fit. And sleep with who they want to."
Briefly.co.za reported that Julius Malema had blasted the DA-led metro, claiming that the way they handled the situation proved the party's views on black people:
"We are not shocked by DA’s sentiments regarding the homeless because DA has never cared for black people and majority of the homeless are black people. Their statement is just telling you how they feel about black people."
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