Stop humiliating the needy

A picture speaks a thousand words.

A Picture from my day!

On a busy main road this morning I happened to see a common site most South Africans would, to that are the beggars at the traffic junctions. However, I must admit this was my first time witnessing such a desperate and reckless beggar on his knees on a very busy motorway junction.

On a busy main road this morning I happened to see a common site most South Africans would, to that are the beggars at the traffic junctions. However, I must admit this was my first time witnessing such a desperate and reckless beggar on his knees on a very busy motorway junction.

Many of these beggars are not South African, they have come into the country illegally by bribing officers at the border controls. Gilbert (27), a Zimbabwean told me how easy it is to come into South Africa without proper documentation. He mentioned that it usually cost R2500 to bribe the border control officers. Once they arrive in the country – many cannot find jobs and some don’t have enough to find accommodation thereby the parks have become illegal migrant havens to sleep, bathe and congregate.

Many of such individuals have no identity proof, there are no records of their existence in South Africa and thus it is the perfect condition for organised crime. Much of Johannesburg is slowly being taken over by such migrants with dilapidated, unsanitary and informal businesses on the road-side all trying to make a living.

We Must Get the Beggars off our Streets!

Assisting a fellow human in need is a benevolent gesture to which I also enjoy participating but people who are placing their lives in harm’s way begging on our roads are going to contribute to the death. Authorities should be held responsible just as they are eager to collect fines from speeding motorist!

Who thought driving through the CBD of Johannesburg at every traffic lights junction (robots) will be a face of beggar. As I drove from my hotel to central Johannesburg this morning I encountered numerous beggars (a daily affair) walking from vehicle to vehicle requesting spare change for dancing, washing windscreens or merely displaying their disability.

From my personal interaction with these obstacles on the road many are from Zimbabwe and other neighbouring African Countries. Why are the local councils encouraging these acts, if not for the safety of such individuals, some even beg with their infants in the blazing summer conditions.

If this does not affect the by-laws, then why not in the name of Human Rights get them of the streets? We need to put a stop to this! They are a hazard to drivers, and if not dealt with this will grow to become a feature of our roads.

Assisting a fellow human in need is a benevolent gesture to which I also enjoy participating but people who are placing their lives in harm’s way begging on our roads are going to contribute to death toll.  Authorities should be held responsible just as they are eager to collect fines from speeding motorist!