Cape Town - Mayor Dan Plato pulled no punches while addressing councillors during a full sitting of Council. He slammed the media and accused them of falling into the hands of the ANC.
“Speaking of playing politics, I see the media has once again fallen for the ANC’s outrage manufacturing machine by trying to paint this City as one that doesn’t care for its homeless, when the complete opposite is actually true – we do more to protect, assist and help our homeless than any other city in this country,” Plato said.
He said the City have laws in the country and it is their duty to uphold those laws, no matter who breaks them.
“There is no by-law just for homeless people, that is absolute nonsense. By-laws are for all of society. We cannot dare to start making exceptions. There is no reason to sleep on the street or to set up illegal structures on sidewalks – there are beds in shelters, they are not full, but some of those who should be making use of the shelters flat out refuse the services available,” he said.
Plato’s comments came after the City landed itself in hot water after the enforcement of by-laws led to the issuing of a 199 fines to homeless people.