- The City of Cape Town is urging citizens to stop giving money to people begging on the streets
- Instead, the metro has encouraged donating to shelters in a bid to break the cycle that keeps the destitute asking for more
- The Safe Space project has been suggested to Capetonians who find themselves in desperate situations
The City of Cape Town has asked Mzansi to stop giving money to people begging on SA's streets.
Ncumisa Mahangu, spokesperson for the city's Homeless Agency Committee comments:
“Give responsibly, give to the shelters and give to the Safe Place. We have libraries all over the City of Cape Town, where you can go and donate. Please do not give on the street money because if you give money on the street, you are encouraging people to sit on the street and then you are not breaking the cycle of homelessness.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the city had enraged citizens when it had began dishing out fines to the homeless, some running into thousands of rands.
A Western Cape court had ordered the city to desist in it's bid to clamp down on those found on the streets.
Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen had commented on the situation facing the city, adamant that it was no different to bylaws in other regions.
Nevertheless, SABC spoke to 33-year-old Gershwin Johnson, who claims that homeless shelters have too many rules:
“I’m not working. I’m on the streets and I’m hustling. That’s how I survive. It’s sometimes dangerous and scary, but you just have to stand your ground because it comes with the package."
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