Assisting beggars is not so bad

2018-05-17 06:01

I want to respond to the organisation, which advised the public not to assist the beggars, indicating that it is preferable to dispatch donations to charitable organisations. An elderly pensioner, despite her low income, contributed monthly to a “recognised” charity.

She received a letter of thanks acknowledging a quarter of her financial contribution. When she contacted the charity, she was informed that the rest of the money had been utilised for administration. In the same tone, another pensioner, subsisting on a meagre, static pension of less than R4 000 per month, offered a donation to the SPCA “for the animals”. This donation was used to provide a Christmas bonus to the employees.

My message to the reader is not to adopt a philosophy of “I’m okay, so to hell with the rest of the world”. The scrawny, shabby beggars are compelled to beg, because of unemployment. Our qualified medical doctors cannot be given employment, so how can a youngster, without any education, tossed into the streets by uncaring family and social welfare, seek work?

Prior to passing judgement, one should have experienced hunger. Many myths circulate, “that the beggars are rich” etc — a ploy to appease a conscience. Has anyone observed of how few donations are offered by motorists? Has anyone envisaged standing for hours in the wind, the cold and extreme heat? I recommend that, if food is not consumed at meals, that these leftovers be distributed to the hungry.

Unfortunately, owing to the rampant corruption in finance, donors should be vigilant and ensure that the recipients are genuine and will not “steal the money”.

I recommend a genuine, charitable organisation, the Gift of the Givers.

These people also experience a period of no food, during their fast of Ramadan.

The only solution to reduce poverty and starvation is to limit the population growth. When Mandela took the reigns of presidency, he opened the borders, resulting in an unlimited influx of refugees. Mandela also disbanded the voluntary Kommandos, resulting in thousands of farm murders and consequently, a decline in food production.

DR L.J. PELTZ

Ramsgate

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