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Cape comedian to sleep outside to raise funds, awareness

Devon Saunders wants to raise awareness around the plight of people living on the streets.

Screengrab of Cape Town comedian Devon Saunders. Picture: Dev dondidit via YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town comedian will brave the cold by sleeping on the roof of a Plumstead building, as part of an initiative to collect winter clothes for homeless people.

Devon Saunders will sleep outside for the next three days.

The funnyman says he also wants to raise awareness around the plight of people living on the streets.

"We going to be on the rooftop at 117 Victoria Road. People can donate jeans, jackets, socks, pants, gloves, blankets or any clothing to keep a homeless person warm."

WATCH: The #WeDidIt winter campaign

In August last year, the City of Cape Town said there were more than 7,000 homeless people living on the city's streets.

City officials counted nearly 5,000 people living on the streets, a further 2,500 were being accommodated in shelters, while others are said to be living on Table Mountain.

It's been found many left their families due to various problems at home and some fled their communities because of gang violence.

The CBD and areas such as Goodwood, Bellville and Mitchells Plain have the highest concentration of homeless people.

Additional reporting by Xolani Koyana.