The Cape Town subway was criticized on Wednesday, especially on social media, after it was revealed that some of its law enforcement officials had issued fines to homeless people at the Strandfontein sports complex.
Brett Herron, the Good Party’s representative in the Western Cape provincial legislature, announced in a statement Wednesday the issuance of the fines.
“The fine I saw is for R500 to be paid by July 15.” If the person does not pay the fine, he or she must appear in Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on July 29.
“The Strandfontein camp is chaotic and a poor effort for shelter. The subway now also seems to have lost its head by issuing fines to the homeless, homeless people. ”
Herron says “it is becoming increasingly clear that the government (the metro council) is losing control”.
“The fine was issued for threatening action in a public space.”
But he thinks that’s what can be expected if 2,000 people are taken off the street and forced into a camp. “It was bad judgment.”
Herron believes a well thought out plan would have provided human dynamics and would have called in the help of professionals. “Professional people who could intervene and help the homeless people adapt to circumstances in which they are now practically prisoners.”
Metro safety and security chief Richard Bosman said on Wednesday that they had just received the information on the fines and that they had to investigate it before commenting.