Homeless man’s stinky way of protecting his home near embassy

2013-11-19 00:00

A HOMELESS man, who has made a bus stop near the U.S. embassy in Pretoria his home, allegedly throws urine at intruders.

“People waiting for the bus must stand next to the bus stop. This is my home,” he stresses when asked about his attitude.

Those who ignore his rule get the “Number One” defence. He throws urine at them — which he stores in a bottle standing next to “his bed”.

So far no one has breached his defences far enough to experience what may be his “Number Two” defence, a bunch of bags filled with human excrement that is also stored on a torn box inside the bus stop.

His two tactical defences aside, the new homeowner is not unfriendly. He introduces himself with a broad smile as Sibusiso Mokwena, but you can also call him Albert.

“I have stayed here long,” he confirmed, pointing to his bed (the ground) and his dustbin, in which he stores his few possessions and food.

He just laughs about the allegation that he throws the urine kept in a bottle next to his bed at people who get too close. “I store it here because I don’t know where else to throw it.”

He added he often leaves his “home” unguarded to go to work and no one ever steals anything.

He did not, however, answer what work he does nor where he’s from.

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the metro would ask the Social Development Department to take the man to a centre for homeless people. The human waste will also be moved.

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