Why the courts alone can’t solve homelessness

An op-ed from APCOF describes how, despite a court order, the City of Cape Town was yet to return the seized possessions after evicting homeless staying in District Six, including cellphones, mattresses, and identification documents. The article on ‘Why the courts alone can’t solve homelessness’ shows how Cape Town’s use of the ‘broken window’ approach to policing is failing to provide safety for the most vulnerable groups of the society. Laying out clear alternatives based on credible, existing solutions to tackling homelessness, it calls on the different actors to ‘collectively imagine alternative, sustainable interventions and move away from the blunt instrument of criminalisation’.

9 March, 2022
Type of Update:
In the News
Updates from our Partners
Alternatives to Criminalisation
Human Rights
Petty Offences
Pre-trial Detention
Use of Public Spaces
South Africa
Campaign Partners:
Africa Policing Civilian Oversight Forum

The Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status is a coalition of organisations from across the world that advocate for the repeal of laws that target people based on poverty, status or for their activism.


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