Who looks after the beggars?

2016-03-02 06:00

EVERY Friday at around 4am, my dogs bark. No longer an agitated bark, as they are used to the event for it is waste collection day.

Lo and behold, outside are the early birds catching the worms, viz refuse-bag pickers. These people undo and reknot the bags neatly, almost as if they know that if they leave a mess, residents will put their bags out only later on a Friday morning - in this day and age when the ANC proclaims to have done so much for the poor. Where are Sassa, human settlement and welfare staff? Indeed, the entire ANC, DA and EFF hoi poloi - at home - some of them with their security guards guarding them and their worldly possessions, with a roof over their heads, lying in their warm beds, tummies full, clothes, et al. Why are these people not out to sign these folks up for grants and/or check if they are on grants, and check their social living conditions, if any.

And not just these folks, also the beggars on the street corners — all ages, all races.

If only every person, who is able to, could donate a can of food, a toiletry or something, but how to get it to these early birds because sure as night follows day, if we leave it out for them, the entitlement shoppers (burglars) would cotton on.

It’s a horrible social problem that no one is addressing. Surely political parties can come up with a solution?

It’s not just for the person in the street who will always help, as we all know.

The overpaid A list of the ANC, DA and EFF must dig into their own pockets­ too. They are in government and they must look after the people­.

LYNNE BROOK

Via email

If only every person, who is able to, could donate a can of food, a toiletry or something

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