Homeless respond to paying fines: "They are treating us like dogs"

Homeless respond to paying fines: "They are treating us like dogs"

The homeless people of Cape Town have responded to the recent report that the city would be issuing them with fines. Many have confirmed to have had their clothes confiscated and received fines amounting to thousands.

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Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mzansi social media users are up in arms after reports that the City of Cape Town is fining homeless people emerged. The fines were for "obstructing pedestrian traffic" and allegedly breaking other by-laws.

Martin Lodewyk, who lives with 15 other people in Van Riebeeck Park on the slopes of Table Mountain, says law enforcement raids their structures four times a month, leaving them with nothing. Speaking to EWN, he said:

"It's not nice that they give us fines. And they take all our stuff."

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Lodewyk has received several fines amounting to thousands, but can't afford to pay them.

Margriet Pienaar has been living on the streets for 15 years. She says she feels disappointed by the treatment they are receiving from the city.

"I don't work. I live on the streets. How am I going to pay?"

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She said that she feels the City of Cape Town is inhumane:

"They think nothing of us. We are human, but they are treating us like dogs"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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