Huge inequality haunts South Africa Huge inequality haunts South Africa

2016-11-09 06:00

ON October 16, I watched the start of the Tsogo Sun Amashova Pietermaritzburg to Durban cycle race.

Seeing the cyclists with their expensive cycling gear and on the side of the road, the homeless people sleeping, reinforced in me the huge inequality that haunts South Africa.

Together with the South African government, municipalities need to look seriously at the plight of the homeless people. The less-privileged people must not bear the brunt of mismanaged government expenditure.

Globally, the huge numbers of destitute people are largely a result of corrupt and unskilled office holders who routinely mess up the economies of countries.

Daily, I see many homeless people walking with their belongings, making the streets and alleys their place to sleep. At traffic intersections, I see beggars approaching people and asking for money.

Sometimes, while walking on the street, I see beggars trying to get pedestrians to purchase food items for them.

Homelessness is on the increase in South Africa and although the South African government is trying to reduce homelessness, poverty and unemployment through various reform programmes such as the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), South Africa still has a long way to go to reducing the effects of poverty and unemployment.

Pervasive corruption and a lack of the rule of law are obstructing the delivery of much-needed resources to those most in need.

ohamed Saeed

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