- Mar 27, 2007
You've got it wrong, there is a whole lot of other stuff going on.Wrong. Read and you will see they want the homeless in shelters where they get a free bed for the night and a free meal paid by the city and there are plenty shelters in Cape Town. The homeless refuse to go because to enter you need to be sober and drug free. So they rely on hand outs from do-gooders who don't want to recognise they are attracting these people to their area which results in urban decay, petty crime, theft and a decrease in property values.
The ANC, out of revenge and supported by IOL wants to house the homeless in housing projects right next door to ratepayers who pay a lot of money. They will never house the homeless next to the parliamentary village at Acacia Park who pay no rates at all and which has plenty of land to house them.
The actual political game is being played by the ANC and supported by their sycophant Itchy Scurvy of IOL.
SFB (sea point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay) Ratepayers Association have a few projects going on:
I'm not going to go into all the details here, but they are geared to assist / support the homeless.
Numerous are employed to clean the beaches and public parking along beach rd (the pilot project area).
In return they receive a small payment, and costs for housing and food at a shelter are paid for - it's no free ride.
The project also serves to restore some modicum of self worth and value to the lives of these people.
The Ratepayers Association obviously has numerous other functions.
Unfortunately, this group, or its leader, seems to take umbrance that funds are being used to support / employ the homeless and cover the costs of accommodation of those employed so far.
That this group and its leader are complaining about the homeless - and simultaneously object to funding being used to create employment as a mechanism to begin to create a mentality of self sustainment (on the part of the unemployed homeless) beggars belief.
I have an email - a rather blunt exchange, which sums up the prevailing mentality.
I'm not going to publish its content on a public platform, but for some reason I trust your discretion. To that end, I'll PM you a little later (got things to do now), and you can take a read for yourself.
You are welcome to comment on the content here, but obviously you keep personal info to yourself.