A lonely highway home

2009-06-09 00:00

HE lives in a tent next to the busy N3 freeway, not because he likes it, but because there’s nothing he can do about it.

That’s what Vusi Ndlovu, born on Christmas Day 41 years ago, said when speaking to The Witness yesterday morning.

The Witness went to interview Ndlovu after noticing his tent near the Greytown Road off-ramp recently.

“I don’t like being here. I’ve been living here for two weeks, I was told to move here,” said Ndlovu, who was collecting some wood with which to start a fire.

He had been living under a bridge close to the Liberty Midlands Mall prior to being told to move to his current location by authorities, he said.

“This is a bad place. It really is not nice living here,” he said. “I had an altercation with three criminals who tried to rob me on Wednesday evening. But they were not able to get anything.”

Ndlovu said that his problems were not made easier when the weather turned bad. “Whenever it rains I have to look for shelter under a bridge because the tent does not keep the water out, and if it gets cold, like it is now, I have to collect wood and make a fire.”

When asked where he obtained his tent, Ndlovu explained: “It had been raining hard some time last year and I was standing under a bridge.

“A car stopped on the side of the road and the people inside gave me this tent.”

Prior to his homelessness, Ndlovu was in prison for two years.

“I was convicted and given a four-year sentence for theft in 2006, but was released on parole after two years,” he said. “After coming out of jail, I went home, but I was told to leave because they did not want me living there. That’s when I became homeless.”

He added that he understands that he cannot live beside the freeway forever.

“I will have to leave some time and find another place to live,” he said. “I just don’t know how long I will be living here, or where I will go when I leave.”

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