Street people a priority - De Lille

2011-05-09 14:46

Cape Town - Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate Patricia de Lille on Monday pledged to make street people a priority of her administration if elected.

"I would make helping the homeless people of the city a special mayoral project for the first three years of my administration," she said.

De Lille acknowledged that Cape Town's current administration had put measures in place during the past five years to prioritise the plight of street people in the city, and that some significant progress had been made and unique achievements recorded.

"It is important that we build a caring city in which everyone who needs help receives it and an inclusive city where everyone has a stake in the future.

"A special mayoral project would ensure that the most marginalised members of our society have their special needs attended to."

Six-point programme

If elected, she would implement a six-point programme to help homeless people, De Lille said.

Among other things, a one-stop assessment centre would be created to help people get access to necessary services. The city already owned a building that could be used for this purpose in Woodstock.

"Part of my mayoral project would see the city provide this centre with resources so that people who need the most help, usually those who appear time and again in community courts, can break the cycle of their usual habits without going to prison and can get the social help they need."

The network of outreach workers would also be expanded, and the number of NGO umbrella organisations sitting on the homeless people portfolio committee increased to six.

De Lille said she would double the number of people in the Displaced Persons Unit (DPU). This unit, which fell under law enforcement, currently had 13 people working in it who dealt specifically with the problems that arose because of homelessness.

"In the first two years, I would double the amount of people working in this unit to at least 30 people, with 40 as our ideal deployment figure."

Substance abuse

Training and orientating the DPU towards playing a social developmental role would continue. Finally, R1.25m would be allocated over the next two years to the alcohol diversion programme.

"This fledgling pilot programme which has been running for the last three years aims to help people who experience serious problems of substance abuse.

"My project would give NGOs more funds to run the programmes," she said.

Building the inclusive and caring city required time.

"In building that city, however, we should not forget those who have often been left behind by society more generally.

"This six-point programme, would be building on the great work the previous DA administration has already done to help homeless people," De Lille said.

  • Beedyeye - 2011-05-09 15:16

    According to Julius Malema they should be grateful that the street is surfaced.

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-05-10 04:50

      GO PAT !! A Vision , A mission , A plan something the New ANC dont have !!

  • TheSteve - 2011-05-09 15:31

    Great I agree... If Patricia de Lille can help the homeless will help by reducing people in jail for petty things.

  • saabnut - 2011-05-09 15:34

    Next we will have the ANC accusing the DA of singling out white street people. What about the millions of poor little (black) folk out there, born into abject poverty, and being indoctrinated into voting for the "Enrich yourself" Party. At least in de Lille's case, I believe her...

  • willieman - 2011-05-09 15:39

    You go girl 100% behind your efforts not gutter politics by certain people

  • Richard - 2011-05-09 15:45

    What is this? A politician detailing a plan to sort out issues. No name calling? No use of race? No labelling of people? No singing?

      Taurusaurus - 2011-05-09 16:05

      Indeed, agreed; a pleasant surprise for weary eyes! :)

      Rolie - 2011-05-09 17:20


  • Kooven - 2011-05-09 16:11

    Why don't ALL politicians or political parties govern this way? Makes it so much easy when you don't have to filter out the BULLSH*T!lol

  • AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-09 16:13

    Thank you for actually giving us an election plan as opposed to resorting to spouting lies about other parties. Ahem! *cough! anc... cough!*. All I've heard from them is how the DA aren't as good as the stats they release say they are. Well thanks ANc, if you say so then it must be true. Pfft. I like to see plans and results, as opposed to rhetoric, intimidation and lies. I will vote accordingly ;)

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-09 19:48

    And this is why I will be walking down the street with a Huge smile on my face when I go vote on 18 May. How could you not? =)

  • Gatta - 2011-05-09 20:48

    I never liked Patricia de Lille in the past. But I have come to learn that this woman has a heart for the people she serves!! Patricia and the rest of the team, you have my vote!

  • ou_maatie - 2011-05-10 08:50

    It is nice to see a plan from a politician, however, I am not so sure that street people is the problem she should be focusing on. My friend runs a homeless shelter and apparently there are enough shelters in CPT to cater for all the homeless people -especially the kids. He helps a lot of people, however there are many who do not want to use these havens as they have rules such as no drinking/drugs/etc. Also, the kids are forced to register and attend school which results in them leaving the haven after a couple of days. I think in Cape Town more has to be done about substance abuse. When we have the highest murder rate in the country and kids cannot go to school due to gang fights and mothers murdering their own kids out of fear, I think her focus should be on substance abuse. This is Cape Town’s biggest social problem. So Patricia, leave the street people at this stage and address the core issue. We will continue supporting city shelters. If you address the substance abuse issues in the communities we will have far fewer street people.

  • Theodore Yach - 2011-05-10 10:20

    Brilliant! We will hold her to this when she is appointed Mayor.

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