City of Cape Town dragged to court over by-laws criminalising homeless people

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Homeless people in District Six begin to erect makeshift tents.
Homeless people in District Six begin to erect makeshift tents.
Marvin Charles, News24

Eleven people experiencing homelessness, represented by Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre, are heading to court challenging the constitutionality and discriminatory impact of the City of Cape Town's by-laws regarding the homeless.

The applicants argue that the by-laws criminalise the homeless in both the  Streets, Public Places and the Prevention of Noise Nuisances by-law (2007) and the Integrated Waste Management by-law (2009). 

Ndifuna Ukwazi attorney Jonty Cogger said at the core of the application is that the by-laws discriminate against homeless people by treating them like criminals.

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