'Legless' beggar fools Joburg locals

2013-07-10 12:41

Johannesburg - A "legless beggar" in Johannesburg has caused a stir on social media sites, after it emerged that he does in fact have legs.

The man was recently filmed by a security guard who was patrolling the area, collecting his personal belongings, standing up and walking away, Eyewitness News reported on Wednesday.

Motorists had often seen the beggar squatting on a piece of cardboard on the road, not knowing his legs were tucked inside his shirt.  

The security guard told community news website looklocal: "He is not crippled at all and I always knew this. I spoke to him on Sunday and he pretended to be crippled, but I ordered him to stand up and go."

Johannesburg locals have taken to Twitter to complain about how the man duped them.

“Speechless! I see this guy all the time,” tweeted 5fm DJ, Nicole da Silva.

“Shocked by the news that the legless beggar often spotted on Glenhove Road has fooled me all along.” Spillly tweeted.

  • Simbarashe Dzingai - 2013-07-10 12:49

    he knows how to "run" a scam!

      Bheki Dladla - 2013-07-10 13:14

      Standing ovation!!!!

      Janti Cloete - 2013-07-10 13:26

      Makes you wonder about all the blind and deaf beggers....

      Freddy van den Heever - 2013-07-10 13:59

      with or without legs ... at least he was not stealing. whats he going to do now ? he was making a living, good for him, he was not harming anyone.

      Léviter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-07-10 14:05

      Doctor FEELGOOD's way of give a coin each day so that you STAY DOWN where you are and I FEEL GREAT charity! Always works, just look at nkandla coins. AMANDLA CALIGULA of NKANDLA. Voting coming up soon, so bring out the skins and moobs and a bit of dust!

      Keith Ngobeni - 2013-07-10 14:22

      He should consider joining the group of bulgarian scams operating across England's major cities, they often place women on wheelchairs with their begging bowls at the very busy shopping malls, and later on they'll come to pick up their fake disabled women with their suv's.

      rudi.strydom2 - 2013-07-10 14:23

      @Freddy- Misleading me out of money is not stealing?? Waar val jy uit? Word wakker man.

      Andre Nell - 2013-07-10 14:44

      His legs are tucked in his shirt ?? He deserves every cent :-)

      Sedeshan Naidoo - 2013-07-10 14:56

      hahaha classic! Has anyone seen the guy on the corner of Hendrik Potgieter and Jim Fouche - I wonder about him. He has his back hunched over like a super Quasimodo, but I'm sure he's faking!

      Louis Ferreira - 2013-07-10 15:00

      Their is a beggar in Sydney Australia with two wooden legs but real feet.

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-07-10 15:22

      @Alicialouise, with the amount of time you spend commenting on News24 I wonder why

      Isaiah Baloyi - 2013-07-10 15:49

      With all the hillarious comments you made here,I have never had such a laugh for the past 2 years.You guys ROCK.Tears were running down my cheeks with all the laughter.

      Johan Hardbliksem - 2013-07-10 17:47

      I have seen him in Rosebank area, but always thought he was the tokoloshe - 2013-07-11 13:28

      Sedeshan I must say yes, I have seen that guy, I do not give money anymore as I found out several times that those people scam you because they are to lazy to work

      Kwajo Musa - 2013-07-11 17:59

      I will pay him for that stunt only. He can play a Hollywood movie well with less special effects. I just wonder what would his new job?

      Sekalf Nroc - 2013-07-12 08:58

      Alicia - you can't be serious? Are you getting senile?

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2013-07-10 12:51

    Atlist he didnt rob anyone ,he was begging

      Marev Audioslave - 2013-07-10 13:04

      I agree, his business same as the circus, fooling/tricking people to earn a living.

      Jaco Bruwer - 2013-07-10 13:36

      He did commit emotional blackmail. if he has legs, he can go and try to do a job.

      fargone - 2013-07-10 13:56

      Just for the record he "is" actually stealing! Fraud and stealing go hand in hand, as South Africans we should know, he is getting money under false pretence. Same as the gents at William Nichol, with the crooked hand and the exagerated limp, nothing wrong with him either. Suckers continue to give their money away.

      Cindy Naude - 2013-07-10 15:18

      @alicialouise, I blame the "do-gooders" who give these "mothers" money. if not for them, there wouldn't be a market for this "rent-a-baby" business!

      Arvin Hooseria - 2013-07-10 18:39

      Fargone --- Fraud & stealing goes hand in hand. Agreed!!! And what about the legs? He could "jump" to conclusions. LOL.

      Derek Smith - 2013-07-11 08:29 my culture they call it fraud...

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-11 08:57

      All beggars are robbers anyway, they want something of yours and offer nothing in return

      Leenesh Singh - 2013-07-11 09:01

      To steal is to take something without permission. People voluntarily handed over their money. It's not stealing. It is however misleading. There is a guy with a board claiming that ninjas stole his family and he needs a donation. People hand over money to him without questioning whether it's true or not. Is that misleading?

      Kwajo Musa - 2013-07-11 18:02

      Kwakwa, he scam everyone.

  • Lloyd Venske - 2013-07-10 12:52

    I beg to differ

      Cyril Laubscher - 2013-07-10 13:27

      You would have alot more likes if you had said i leg to differ :D

      Garry Billson - 2013-07-11 11:22

      let us not "jump" to conclusions

  • Kate Robinson - 2013-07-10 12:53

    There is a woman who begs at the robot in Cape Town city, as you are going onto the highway, near the V&A. She supposedly has 1 arm, she does the same wears baggy clothes tucks her 1 arm underneath her clothes and begs, she also knocks on your car window with her cup demanding money! Don't be fooled!

      Carolyn Nash - 2013-07-10 13:22

      Haha I know. She has given me a few frights by banging on my window.

      Ntombi Mabuyandile Mabuya Mtimande - 2013-07-10 14:03

      there is also a young man in jhb/ carlton centre, he always wrap a towel/ cloth around himself, pretends as if he doesn't have legs but he is faking it all, beware.....another one also in Fourways/ Montecasino by the robbots, he pretends to be disabled but he is faking it too,

      Lisa Van Staden - 2013-07-11 09:43

      There was a woman down our road. She had a different pair of shoes every DAY!! When my brother in law offered her some work, she replied "you cant pay me what i earn here". . . there you have it.

      Iceberg Standard - 2013-07-11 22:26

      One arm bandit :D

      Todd Smith - 2013-07-12 02:40

      That sums it up, Lisav. They can make more there and pay no tax either.

  • Avishkar Singh - 2013-07-10 12:54

    He really went out on his limbs to pull this off...

      Oki Vosloo - 2013-07-10 15:19

      Now that he has been caught, in his defence, will he have a leg to stand on?

      Derek Smith - 2013-07-11 08:31

      its time to stand on his own two feet...

      Jeremy Richard Schaffner - 2013-07-11 14:39

      I think this beggar has put his foot in it now. Deceiving the public like that - has he got no sole?

      Sam Jones - 2013-07-12 01:06

      These comments are absolutely hilarious! I feel guilty laughing, whether he has legs or not!

  • Dudley Futcher - 2013-07-10 12:54

    Hey if you have to survive, what do you do

      Gavin Lott - 2013-07-10 15:20

      Can't believe you get thumbed down....some people..

      Johan Holtzhausen - 2013-07-10 15:43

      Problem is, people give him money, thinking that he has no other alternative.

      Jaco Peyper - 2013-07-11 13:00

      The "thumbing" is a close call on this one Dudley:-) I'd say people that have internet should stop complaining about someone having to beg for his food. Snobs!

  • Marion Modlin - 2013-07-10 12:56

    Good for him can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all of the time. At the end of the day...he is a beggar.

      Ishaad Mohammed - 2013-07-10 13:47

      Masha Allah Yusuf (Well Said Yusuf)

      fargone - 2013-07-10 14:00

      Sure Marion, wonder if you will feel the same way if someone in your family is scammed out of money, you are hardly going to slap him on the back and say "well done, you fooled me". And may I hasten to add that as soon as the so called beggar began to misrepresent himself, he bacame a fraudster!!!

  • Jayson Beckwith - 2013-07-10 12:57

    This guy doesn't have a leg to stand on.

      Julie Elisabeth Craytor - 2013-07-10 14:07

      Apparently he!

  • Goman Sofilaone - 2013-07-10 12:57

    "I told him to get up and go" for full dramatic effect by the Journalist there.

      Ciah Hefner Mangcotywa - 2013-07-10 15:03

      LOL Does sound like a verse from the bible

  • Wayne De Wet - 2013-07-10 12:58

    He should be the bigger person and walk away

      Mochidi Virgy Machaba - 2013-07-10 14:56

      Hahahahahaaaaaaaaa hihihihiihiiiiiiiiii deathbylaughter

  • Heidie van Dyk - 2013-07-10 12:58


  • Faerra Bra - 2013-07-10 13:00

    I havent been giving any beggar money due to the scams but a ten year old boy was braaing a bird in the veld next to my house last night as he had no food or shelter - so my heart is gone soft again so I will be a sucker to help , beggars and especially and "asking food chaps" who bug me at odd times - Madiba day must be every day not only 67 minutes once a year - I will not, however, help the blind beggars and chain snatching car guards in Lenasia and Fordsburg

  • Golden Morris Mokwele - 2013-07-10 13:01

    Mr Genius indeed.

  • Rachel Lee - 2013-07-10 13:01

    There is no pride like that of a beggar grown rich

  • Wonder Mlandzeni Ka Ntila - 2013-07-10 13:02

    Hahhahahahahaha, I figured out he was a fraud the first day I saw him and told my wife about it.

  • Glenview Rungano - 2013-07-10 13:03

    good surviving skills

  • Larry Mallela - 2013-07-10 13:08

    i never give beggars any money cos they are all scammers. if they are as crippled as they claim, they will go get disability grant. Finish n Klaar!

  • Marc Klynhans - 2013-07-10 13:08

    At the intersection of Gen Louis Botha (January Masilela) and Lynnwood Road there is often a man begging there. His board says he's been in an accident. I saw him walking in the shops and you can see he truly is disabled. I feel so sorry for the guy. Now you get people who pretend to be disabled and then when you do see someone who is, you're not sure whether they are or not. I saw a beggar pick up his crutches and walk into a bottle store!

  • Mahomed Saleem Khan - 2013-07-10 13:11

    This is not suprising for people will do anything to get your attention. If u knew he was just begging u would either give or not a few cents, but beleiving the person is disabled u would feel sorry and not give a few cents but a rand, two or more. Its a practice very common in India.I use to have a begger frequently begging and beleived was deaf and dumb till a day I saw him in a shop asking for a packet of cigerettes.Some people even act blind having someone guiding them to beg. Next time think twice before just giving and feeling sorry for the same person could be your hijacker or rapist.

  • BraSteve Myaluze - 2013-07-10 13:12

    This guy is a LEGend!

      Arvin Hooseria - 2013-07-10 18:45

      LEGless Gent !!!

  • Makgokele Morris Maribe - 2013-07-10 13:13

    Wow I wonder how he hides those legs, he really looks crippled, next time you will think twice before giving money to a beggar

  • Phranz Bodumele - 2013-07-10 13:15

    And the one @Monte-Casino robot,I know he is faking

      Eugene Takalani - 2013-07-10 13:57

      Tru dat!I have witnessed him running for a late taxi with my own eyes.

      fargone - 2013-07-10 14:05

      Ah, someone else who has seen the guy, the way he limps around one would think he fell from the space shuttle into a forrest of giant redwood trees and hit every branch on the way down, what a scammer, love to see what he would do if someone's rottweiler jumped off the back of someone's bakkie and chased him. When I see the guy, I just get angry cause he is scamming people out of hard earned money, I fear though, in the long run, if he limps like that for a couple more years he's bound to get permanent damage, one can but hope!!!

  • Nosiphiwo Matsalo - 2013-07-10 13:15

    lmao,now that his secret is out wonder whats his new scam is gonna be

  • Patrick Schutte - 2013-07-10 13:16

    "I ordered him to stand up and go." It's a miracle!! The last time a read about something like this was in the bible!!!! :D

      Mochidi Virgy Machaba - 2013-07-10 15:03

      Oh my gosh u guys crack me up lol

  • willbeonekenobi - 2013-07-10 13:18

    That is why I would rather give them some food if I have a extra pie that I didn't eat.

      Bianca Scheppel - 2013-07-10 13:53

      Used to do that, but not anymore - I realised that as soon as your back is turned, it gets dumped! They want money for booze and drugs, not food!!!

      Arvin Hooseria - 2013-07-10 18:46

      next time, take your pie and vie.

  • Victor Tendai Musakwa - 2013-07-10 13:19

    Begging is the fastest and most profitable industry in africa , no need for capital , 100 percent profit kkkkkkk , m gona try to hide my head too

      Fourhundredkg Bobbejaan - 2013-07-10 15:02

      You don't even have to register for a business licence!

      Derek Smith - 2013-07-11 08:39

      begging is a culture in Africa...people do it , political parties do it, countries do it...a culture that is bound to stay for many years to come...problem is just...the West have seen those two legs protruding from under that shirt....ironic isnt it???

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-07-10 13:19

    There is another scam artist at the intersection of William Nicol drive and Montecasino boulevard who pretends to have polio in his arm and leg. Besides the fact that neither limbs show any sign of muscle dystrophy which they would if he had polio - he stops his act as soon as the robot changes and the cars drive off. There must be plenty of idiots around because he wouldn't continue his scam if it wasn't profitable.

      fargone - 2013-07-10 14:07

      This is the guy that really agravates me, and you are right about muscular abnormalities, the are none, but most people don't give it a thought.

      SunshinyDay - 2013-07-10 16:03

      That guy scared the hell out of me the first time I saw him, due to the fact that he walked exactly like the creatures in Dead Space!

  • John Henry Mc Duling - 2013-07-10 13:24

    So are many of these cripple beggars catching people out.Either they are blind or disformed or have no legs. This is a disgrace and with those who pretend to be crippled may they be judge by God. We feel sorry for the less fortunate but being "leid" to in order to get money. Totally disgraceful. That's why I simply won't give any money. I have family of my own to support. Can't afford to look after others as well.

  • habeus.corpus - 2013-07-10 13:24

    Quite a talented contortionist. Lol

  • Nkululeko Madi - 2013-07-10 13:24

    Lol the security guard is jealours coz the beggar was making more money everyday...give the begga a bells good begging skills

  • Witness Lewigha Phele - 2013-07-10 13:27

    Lfmao,I'm going to hide my head too.he can't beat a headless man....

      Olga Mabaso - 2013-07-10 14:01

      and they say some have two heads..

  • Jameson Walker - 2013-07-10 13:32

    Wonder if it's the same "cripple" that used to be in the CBD in Eloff Street all those years ago. Needless to say I refuse to give money to beggars after an incident where I once gave a beggar a 2L milk and 2 loaves of bread I had just bought, and he threw it all back at me, lesson learnt.

      Arvin Hooseria - 2013-07-10 18:48

      He milked you. Bready hell!!

  • Mapo-popsy Mphandy - 2013-07-10 13:36

    So cleaver !!!!!

  • Muke Matshaba - 2013-07-10 13:36

    Dont give to beggars.

  • Royston Schuller - 2013-07-10 13:36

    Is his name Neil??

      Vuyo Majebe - 2013-07-10 15:22

      his name is jacob

  • Royston Schuller - 2013-07-10 13:37

    Take him to court - he doesn't have a leg to stand on!

      Jonathan Crisp - 2013-07-10 14:06

      Apparently he has two!

  • Malcolm Kobane - 2013-07-10 13:38

    Is this LEGal?

  • Peter Coid - 2013-07-10 13:39

    It's not usually advisable to give money to these "beggars". It's either used to buy drugs/alcohol & some use young kids to beg on the street. The kids hand over the money to an adult at the end of the day.Rather give them food.

      Jonathan Crisp - 2013-07-10 14:05

      Some of the kids aren't theirs..they rent the pure juniors for the day.

  • Ioannis Condogiannis - 2013-07-10 13:43

    Stop giving money to people on the street, rather support an established charity

  • Phumi Pretty Shwala - 2013-07-10 13:45

    I agree with Nkululeko, give that man a BELLS for that trick. He deserve an award, how long has he been there,"He is not crippled at all and I always knew this" so says the security guard why is he only ordering him to leave now if you knew all along???:)

  • Gya - 2013-07-10 13:45

    Lol, its a tough world

  • Peace Sol - 2013-07-10 13:48

    When the going gets tough,the tough gets going ,lol!

  • Machaba Emmanuel Masogo - 2013-07-10 13:49

    Bloody fool

  • Julie Elisabeth Craytor - 2013-07-10 14:05


  • Hans Medupe - 2013-07-10 14:07

    It is wrong but atleast he is not going around pointing ppl with guns to rob them or killing.

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-11 09:05

      Crime is crime

  • Samuel Khazamula Bila - 2013-07-10 14:09

    He learn the magic frm the ANC all this years thy have been duping the public to vote for them,n promised people grants n RDP houses.

  • Kgosietsile Kgosiemang - 2013-07-10 14:09

    Hahahahaha, give that beggar a bells.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2013-07-10 14:11

    I drove past this guy last week on Glenhove. My immediate reaction was that he he was either standing in a manhole or had miraculously survived his body being cut off at around stomach level. It was pretty obvious it wasn't real.

      Iceberg Standard - 2013-07-11 22:46

      Classic! LOL!

  • Garvin Moseki - 2013-07-10 14:11

    Zooma must appoint this guy as one of his minister. they can make a formidable team

  • Matome Revelation Makgalemela - 2013-07-10 14:11

    i have seen such kind of act in cape town, during the day they act like crippled hobos and during the night the story is different.