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City of Cape Town confiscates tents belonging to homeless

In September the Cape Town City Council approved a new Unlawful Occupation by-law, alongside updates to the Streets, Public Places and Prevention of Noise Nuisances by-law.
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City of Cape Town confiscates tents belonging to homeless

The City of Cape Town confiscated more than ten tents belonging to homeless people who live in Van Riebeeck Park on 22 September.

According to GroundUp many of the people have lived in the park for about three months, while others have lived there for 15 years.

Ground up reported that Ziggy Goredema, a talented immigrant who designs and creates his own lampshades with recycling material to make an honest living, was amongst the people who had their tents confiscated by the city.

“They took it and left. They gave us a note to tell us where we must fetch our tents”, said Goredema.

Goredema and his partner spent a week sleeping under a plastic sheet and tarpaulin that they found close to the park, while the tents that were confiscated were taken to a storage depot in Ndabeni.

Meanwhile, the Cape Town City Council in September approved the the amendments to the by-law related to public places and noise nuisances.

Changes to the by-law include fining a homeless person for refusing alternative shelter by City Law Enforcement.

According to the City, the amendments were made to better resolve public complaints.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said the City is of the view that no person should be living on the street because it is inhumane.

“Every action of the city is directed towards assisting people to be able to leave the streets and reintegrate with their families and communities,” Smith said.

 

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