The group of people who took the City of Cape Town to court over its by-laws claimed victory after the city agreed to stop fining homeless people.

A Cape Times report says the seven homeless people – represented by Dingley Marshall Inc – sought an urgent interdict from the Western Cape High Court to force the city to drop fines issued against them and to prevent new ones.

This will be until their next court appearance for an interim interdict on 24 November.

In the interim, the city undertook to desist and refrain from enforcing or further prosecuting fines and summonses issued to the applicants until the matter is heard.

The group also want the interim interdict in place while they challenge the constitutionality of city officials treatment of the homeless in the Constitutional Court.

This they anticipate will take some time and say they want their clients and others protected during this legal process.

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