Homeless Capetonians enjoy victory: Court steps in over fines

Homeless Capetonians enjoy victory: Court steps in over fines

- The City of Cape Town has to halt all prosecution against homeless citizens accused of breaking by-laws

- The Western Cape High Court ordered the city to review legislation concerning the controversial matter

- The metro had come under fire after it clamped down on the homeless in the region

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The City of Cape Town's bid to clamp down on homeless citizens breaking by-laws has been halted.

eNCA reports that the Western Cape High Court ordered the city to review municipal laws relating to vagrancy and nuisances.

Homeless citizens had approached the court in order to obtain an interdict to stop the metro from imposing fines and even confiscating the few belongings they possess.

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Over the course of just five months, almost 200 homeless South Africans had been fined, some amounting to hundreds of Rands - a fee the downtrodden could naturally not afford.

A man affected by the laws retold how the few clothing items he owned had been taken away after he was awoken at 3am and told to leave a local park.

Lucien Lewin, who had represented the homeless in the case, commented on the victory:

“The city may not issue summons to the seven applicants. I think the judge was very mindful to come out with a very just judgment, justice was at the forefront of his mind."

Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi had slammed the DA-led government for imposing fines upon homeless Capetonians, who had no other option but to seek refuge on the streets.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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