The IFP calls on KZN Provincial Government to outline measures to eradicate poverty and street begging or to impose an Anti-Begging Bill aimed at a total ban of street begging.
“Government must put in place enduring and compassionate strategies, as well as legislation to mitigate unemployment, improve employability and self-reliance.
Government must take hard decisions in order to rid society of indiscipline and corruption, and outline measures to stop begging on our streets,” said IFP Spokesperson on Social Development, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana,MPL.
“More shelters for the homeless should be opened where training in various crafts and trades may be provided. Such an effort will help the inhabitants to lead a dignified life. Instead of offering money to beggars, people should encourage them to work and thereby help them earn their living,” continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
“The IFP believes that poverty and street begging can be effectively tackled if government and the private sector evolve realistic strategies, so as to develop a work force to become more active players in economic development. Steps should be initiated to rehabilitate alcoholics and beggars. They should be made to earn their livelihood by working and not begging,” concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
The IFP calls on government to set up a special agency to cater for the needs of the beggars and it should chalk out plans for rehabilitation and feasible means of earning a livelihood. Self-help and self-reliance must become a mantra by which government tackles poverty and unemployment.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL,
IFP Spokesperson on Social Development, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991
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IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675