What can be done to tackle homelessness in Cape Town?
The Western Cape government has released its official statistics on the number of homeless people living in the Mother City.
In the greater Cape Town area, the number is approaching 5 000, while there are said to be more than 700 people living in the central business district (CBD).
Hassan Khan is the CEO of Haven Night Shelters and says he believes the numbers provided by the government have been inflated.
We need to pay a little bit more attention in terms of the packaging of the numbers.Hassan Khan, CEO - Haven Night Shelters
I think the city's compounding numbers of homeless people and identifying as those living on the street and including the numbers of those in shelters.Hassan Khan, CEO - Haven Night Shelters
Hassan says it's important to draw a distinction between those people who are in shelters and those who are sleeping rough on the streets.
He adds that our tolerance for people living on the pavements has increased in recent years.
The police drive past, everyone drives past. It legitimizes the choice of staying on the pavement.Hassan Khan, CEO - Haven Night Shelters
Listen to the full interview below:
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