Stop criminalizing the homeless in Cape Town!

Stop criminalizing the homeless in Cape Town!

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Strandfontein Homeless Action Committee started this petition to City of Cape Town, Mayor of Cape Town, Premier of the Western Cape, State President of South Africa

SHAC (Strandfontein Homeless Action Committee) and it's affiliates such as our HOUSE and the Rehoming Collective, are all homeless driven organisations.

With this petition we object to the manner in which the City of Cape Town treats its approximately 14,000 homeless people and, how its law enforcement agencies, and proposed changes to by-laws portray homeless people as deviants and criminals. Homeless persons are equal in dignity, intrinsic value and in rights to all other members of society.

  • The Western Cape Provincial Government currently subsidizes a total of 2,400 bed spaces for homeless individuals in Cape Town and surrounds and The City of Cape Town provides 200 bed spaces in its Safe Spaces. 
  • Cape Town doesn't have the facilities to offer homeless people living on its streets a dignified alternative.
  • Despite this, structures that the homeless erect and tents they put up to protect themselves from the elements are broken down and in the process their meagre possessions including their documentation, medication and ID documents are confiscated!
  • The City also issues fines to these homeless people and they are now wanting to change the by-law so they can arrest homeless people for being homeless. 
  • Criminalisation only pushes homeless persons further and further into poverty and social exclusion.

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We say NO to CRIMINALIZING homeless people. We say NO to FINING homeless people. We say NO to ARRESTING homeless people for being Homeless!

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