Littering a problem for Cape courts

City of Cape Town is battling to prevent vagrants from littering around the city.

Filth outside the Cape Town Magistrates Courts. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Senior City of Cape Town officials on Friday admitted they faced a tough task to prevent homeless people littering and defecating on the city's streets.

Human waste on pavements is particularly problematic in front of the Bellville and Cape Town Magistrates Courts.

The Justice Department's Western Cape chief has verified the problem is escalating in front of judicial buildings.

The city's Social Development mayoral committee member Suzette Little said the problem of waste increased in summer as vagrants refused to go to shelters.

"It is a problem and we are looking at how to address the issue."

Little said it would be impossible to ensure the city's vagrants use shelters where there were proper ablution facilities.