Human rights group takes City of Joburg to court over homeless abuse

Lawyers for Human Rights is appearing in the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday on behalf of 28 homeless people living under a bridge in Hillbrow.

The organisation is taking on the City of Joahnnesburg after metro police confiscated the group’s belongings including ID documents and disposed of them during cleanup operations organised by Mayor Herman Mashaba in February.

The organisation’s Louise du Plessis says the group's shelters were also destroyed.

This is not the way to deal with poor people. If you want them to go away you need to put programmes in place to deal with the poverty issue.

Louise du Plessis,attorney for LHR's Land and Housing Unit

They are using the health regulations to have this clean up operations.

Louise du Plessis, attorney for LHR's Land and Housing Unit

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