What does the law stipulate with regards to beggars standing in the middle of the road at intersections?

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Question:

What are the rules regarding pedestrians standing in the center of the road at intersections with boards asking for work or money? I recently had a situation where a truck trailer moved into my lane when turning so I had to move over to the left only to find a man standing on the white line directly in front of me. I had to brake very hard to avoid hitting him. He then swore at me using filthy language. Does the Jay walking law still apply?

Answer:

Pedestrians are not allowed to stand in the road as it constitutes a danger. There is also a by-law provision relating to begging. Any enforcement officer observing this should remove the person from the intersection.

Regards

Andre Nel

Deputy Chief: Traffic Services (Operations)

Directorate: Safety and Security

City Of Cape Town

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One thought on “What does the law stipulate with regards to beggars standing in the middle of the road at intersections?

  • August 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm
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    This is now the MOST ridiculous answer I have EVER seen as this is NOT enforced. I see Metro Police stopping next to these beggars standing in the middle of the road on a DAILY basis. I have yet to see even one of them even so much as telling the person to move out of the road. Nevermind about: ‘Any enforcement officer observing this should remove the person from the intersection.’

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