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New report brings Cape Town’s homeless policies into question

 |  James Sleight  |  NPO News and Media Releases

The Inkathalo Conversations (TIC), issued a  400-page report  criticising the City of Cape Town’s response to homelessness, particularly recent changes to city by-laws which in effect, “criminalise homelessness.”  To this end, the NPO Ndifuna Ukwazi is currently litigating against the City in relation to its homeless by-laws.

Some of the report’s key recommendations include:

  • Review and amend all by-laws that criminalise homelessness without just cause
  • Police should be retrained for dealing with homelessness
  • Providing 24-hour access to free ablution facilities and showers
  • Safe and secure storage facilities for personal belongings of the homeless
  • Home Affairs expedite issuing of identity documents and birth certificates to homeless people
  • The City of Cape Town should include homelessness as a criterion for emergency housing
  • Do more to prevent homelessness before it arises

Read the full report here: https://www.groundup.org.za/media/uploads/documents/Inkathalo-2021-compressed.pdf

Source: https://www.groundup.org.za/article/scathing-report-into-cape-towns-policies-to-deal-with-homelessness/

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