Armed with electrical skills but remain unemployed, the divorced father from Mpheni village, was left with not choice but to walk for over a hundred kilometres to Polokwane to live in the street while trying get odd jobs.
“Living in the street is more painful when one is unemployed and lack money and water to drink. At shelters we are sometimes ill treated and called names such as cockroaches. At one stage we called a meeting and asked them why do they call us cockroaches, they denied calling us that but in their books we are identified as such.”
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He says they just have to accept whatever they are given due to their unfortunate situation.
“We sometimes spend a week without getting piece jobs, sometimes good samaritans bring home cooked meal, sometimes others give us expired food but we just eat because of our unfortunate situation. At shelters people are not treated nicely because we are forced to eat anything you are given. E.g if you don’t eat salty food you are forced to. If you don’t eat anything with sugar you are forced to and sometimes were are called cockroaches or hobos.”
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