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Beggars at traffic lights

19 May 2014, 08:53

I am sure that this is a concern to majority of us, especially in Gauteng where we find that most of the main intersections in our Town are full of people with cardboards asking you for a donation or trying to clean your screen even when you refuse.

Before I get criticised by a minority, I must share with you, that I do understand the desperation in many of them, due to the crisis and the unemployment that we are facing in our Country, I do sympathize, however I do not donate money, but I go out of my way to make an extra slice of bread in the morning or a piece of fruit to donate.

It was proven in the past by Carte Blanche that that some of them are a scam; however sometimes we cannot tell the difference, between the real desperation and the easy “buck”.

I remember very well that during the 2010 World Cup, our streets were much cleaner; police visibility was much higher that what it is currently.

I come to the conclusion that we only “clean” our house when visitors are coming; surely that is not what happens at our own homes, or even the homes of our politicians (I hope).

However I do have a question.

What will happen if an accident is caused, or even if is a death involved, due to one of the homeless or beggars that refused to move out of the way, even when the traffic light turns green?

It is just not the fact of putting his/hers life at risk, but also your own and your passengers if any at the time and the ones around you.

It is not just the case of material that gets damaged, the inconvenience that is caused and sometimes the trauma that follows as well.

What can we expect in the future? An increase, well due to the amount of strikes and demands that is happening at the moment in our Country that is a possibility, or should we expect that something will be done by our authorities?

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