Some years back MID tried to introduce 24/7 toilets in muizenburg to help people without homes. It never succeeded due to opposition. It just wasnt considered that the dignity of people mattered enough one assumes, by those that didn't support it ( and maybe worse there was the hope that the homeless would disappear with enough crack down ) . All across the peninsula the issue for homeless people numbering many 100s, maybe up to a 1000 has never been much of an issue for people in homes .
Little doubt many have not even considered that some do not have the facilities we take for granted. One has to wonder when it will, given the june 5th 2018 public meeting at FH civic with council, and then an article in recent months with some actually criticising homeless people for their ablutions after hours in public spaces. Of course people in public places which they feel safer, could go to some dark corner down in the bushes and get mugged. But isnt that a little risky just a for a daily physical need?
At least seapoint is actually discussing the matter and has tried a pilot 24/7 project. At least the counciller Cllr. Shayne Ramsay has helped it come on an agenda in Seapoint See ATLANTIC SUN ( More tussling over toilets)
One has to wonder? If access to ablutions are not considered a right for people without homes, where do their rights even begin?
Perhaps the whole problem is on the one hand secretly many yearn for a city well segregated, just as much as we did in apartheid. We just wouldnt have to deal with any of this then would we?
Freedom from pass laws and of location once apartheid fell hasnt exactly proved welcoming with open arms in Cape town since apartheid fell as far as homeless go ( unless of course one is of another colour but more well heeled ) And yet ironically and sadly, many homeless are white too now in the peninsula. Its a funny thing that, how much more accepting of the spatial apartheid thing with their fellow weary travellers of all races, most white homeless are, than white homed may be.
Perhaps we have a thing or two to learn from them?