Never mind the gangs and murders, Cape Town decides to fine the ...

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Never mind the gangs and murders, Cape Town decides to fine the homeless

What exactly was the city hoping to achieve with this entirely pointless, not to mention heartless exercise?

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The news that Cape Town is charging its homeless citizens to be homeless is now over a week old, which means the media have filed the story roughly between the Triassic and Jurassic periods. But the city’s authorities are still handing out fines, which means there are still a few questions that need answering.

For example: who, specifically, thought this was a good idea? What intellectual haemorrhoid, bulging shyly out the sphincter of local government, proudly took this to the DA-run council and said: “Guys, how about we go to people who are living on the street because they have no money and no social capital and very few options in life, and FINE THE FUCK OUT OF THEM?”

What friendless skidmark, its stunted emotions rendered inaccessible inside a scab of failure, looked at the DA’s election results in May and thought: “Ooh! I know how we’ll show we’re a party and a city for all South Africans! Let’s wait until the first properly cold, wet winter we’ve had in years, and THEN start enforcing by-laws we’ve more or less ignored since 2007!”..

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