INTERDICT AGAINST THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE CITY’S BY-LAWS ON HOMELESS PEOPLE

An interdict application is due to be heard on 3 December 2019: Seven homeless people have brought an application against the City asking for an order that the City be prevented from interfering with all homeless people, including: removal of their property and the enforcement of fines. Please see below (scroll down) the first two pages and link to the founding papers submitted to the court by the group.

DPV, other neighbourhood watches and social groups have been asked to submit affidavits opposing the application. DPV have taken the following view.

1.    We appreciate that many people are forced into desperate circumstances and have no alternative but to live on the streets. DPV runs its own social outreach project to assist people in getting jobs and giving them a hand in finding their way back into employment and permanent shelter (Please see the article below on our current project and how you can contribute money to help),
2.    We are also aware that many criminals choose to live on the streets and set up their territories in our own neighbourhood, i.e. among the desperate people and unfortunates who live on the streets are many criminals who do not want assistance (and refuse assistance); the majority of our crime comes from criminal street folk,
3.    We are opposed to the by-laws being interdicted, as they are often the only tool available to law enforcement to move dangerous elements in our area,
4.    The by-laws themselves are not inappropriate and often have a useful purpose; the issue is possibly the application thereof – and this does not require their blanket non-enforcement.

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