LETTER: Think hard on solution for vagrants

2015-12-01 06:00

I am once again taking note of the frontpage headline in People’s Post: “Worry over vagrants” (24 November).

I have scratched my head for a solution to this problem a number of times. The only solution I can see is that hostels need to be built for the homeless.

Secondly, they need to be doing constructive work in the community, like repairing roads, including potholes, working on farms and filling in where there is a shortage of services in certain areas.

They need to be trained and fed, of course, and will go to bed in a secure environment on a full stomach. This should also bring the crime rate down drastically as they will be kept occupied and they will be learning something constructive that will uplift them. At the same time, they will be saving the government and municipality a lot of money in costs, providing them only with food and shelter.

During World War II, the Italian prisoners of war here in South Africa (there were 93 000) were kept busy with various activities, including farming and building roads and mountain passes. Some became literate, training their own country could not provide them with. So one hand washed the other, so to speak.

Many remained here after the war to contribute further to the country, while others applied to immigrate to South Africa. Everyone scored all around.

So what is the problem with this country now, one may ask? Have we all forgotten what can be done for others in need, which in the long term, would be to our own benefit? Think people, think hard.

Andre Martinaglia, Kenilworth

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