Cape Town man a roll model

By Drum Digital
15 February 2013

A Cape Town man travels up to 30km a day in his wheelchair to collect food for his family, it was reported on Friday.

Gabriel Regter, 51, told the Daily Voice he makes the daily trip because his disability grant is not enough to pay for all his expenses.

He was shot in the spine by a gangster in Manenberg, in 1976.

His three-hour journey, through rain or shine, starts in Malibu Village, takes him along a stretch of the N2 highway, and ends in Mitchells Plain.

He collects food parcels from several businesses.

"Certain roads don't have lights and I have to be careful and put on something bright for motorists to spot me," he told the newspaper.

"I never wanted to admit that I can't walk, [after I was shot] I knew that I would never ride a car, but now I drive on the same road with motorists."

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