Man travels 30km a day to collect food

2013-02-15 14:32

Cape Town - A Cape Town man travels up to 30km a day in his wheelchair to collect food for his family, it was reported on Friday.

Gabriel Regter, 51, told the Daily Voice he makes the daily trip because his disability grant is not enough to pay for all his expenses.

He was shot in the spine by a gangster in Manenberg, in 1976.

His three-hour journey, through rain or shine, starts in Malibu Village, takes him along a stretch of the N2 highway, and ends in Mitchells Plain.

He collects food parcels from several businesses.

"Certain roads don't have lights and I have to be careful and put on something bright for motorists to spot me," he told the newspaper.

"I never wanted to admit that I can't walk, [after I was shot] I knew that I would never ride a car, but now I drive on the same road with motorists."

  • shelley.bazleysmyth - 2013-02-15 14:46

    OMG there must be something that can be done for this guy and his family? Well done to the businesses who are giving him food parcels - i would if I knew where to find him!

      lownabester - 2013-02-15 23:45

      He is a hero.

  • archibold.savino1 - 2013-02-15 14:47

    This is a very sad story. ¤sad for days¤

  • - 2013-02-15 14:58

    Why would anyone do this if it wasn't necessary? What a sad story indeed. And surely he should be praised for this sacrifice because at least he's not committing a crime...

  • joseph.maluleka.18 - 2013-02-15 15:14

    Politicians that we vote for. They are all the same, what matters to them is their interest.

  • danny.issepypersad - 2013-02-15 15:14

    Really!!! Is this news?

      Jason/Michelle - 2013-02-15 15:33

      Danny, I'm with you on this...

      mapepaki - 2013-02-15 16:01

      Danny.issepypersad why did you read it then. Thats why the captive heading is there if it didn't appeal to you, you should have gone onto the next.

      letlhatlhe - 2013-02-15 16:18

      @ Danny. Nope it ain't news but I bet you are.

  • mapepaki - 2013-02-15 15:16

    What can we do for this man, any suggestions? no sarcasm

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-02-15 16:21

      If he can roll along for 30 kilo's a day, surely he can do work with his hands to sell. Making vetkoek and mince, selling to the people on their way to work, or coming home. I once tried it with a person who worked for me, gave her a recipe book written in 3 languages as well as drawings of cups and spoons and eggs. Showed her how to make these cookies, gave the ingredients and telling her the selling price. She and her family ate it all and wait again for handouts. So this is difficult, to just give money would not sovle the problem.

      mapepaki - 2013-02-15 16:35

      30 kilos is that all he is

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-02-15 16:46

      It says he collects food parcels from businesses, who is he feeding sounds like the community.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-15 15:29

    Let us weep, there is very little else left to do for our country.

  • reratiloem - 2013-02-15 15:37

    My heart bleeds for him:(

  • ritchard.mckie - 2013-02-15 16:08

    I hope after hearing of this persons struggle someone can help him.

  • Patricia Johns Willers - 2013-02-15 16:10

    Patricia de Wet, he is 51 and was shot in 1976. he most likely already had a family

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-02-15 17:22

      Then he must have started breeding very young. From 1976 to 2000 is 24 plus we are in 2013 so add say 12 years to the 24 years and subtract from 51 years that leaves you with 15 years. The family he was left with at that age was his mother and siblings not children and a wife??

      del.pearson.98 - 2013-02-16 09:24

      patricia.dewet.92. There is probably a lot more to the story but have a little empathy, "But for the grace of God There go you"

  • sudika.harkhu - 2013-02-15 16:11

    what could be done, is the businesses who give the parcels, could get together, and every week have one from amongst them deliver to him. Or of cos they could offer him a job. Like admin or something.

  • mapepaki - 2013-02-15 16:27

    teddy beer you are soooo right , and the wheels of the world go round, round, round all day long. All together now 1 2 3

  • leendert.stolk.3 - 2013-02-15 16:49


  • hetty.oliver - 2013-02-15 18:41

    How about printing this in the Weekend Argus, Cape Times and Die Burger and we might pick up a Good Samaritan in the area that can give him a lift everyday.

  • edwin.phadu - 2013-02-16 06:52

    Sad story indeed,as much as business is doing a great job by giving him food parcels, but why this businesses are not delivering for him??

  • Amatambo - 2013-02-16 11:04

    Just goes to show how little this bloody ANC government (and its partners) cares for its citizens - Zuma and his bunch of "skebengas" don't give a hoot how people at ordinary grassroots levels are suffering - no, Zuma and co see no wrong in stealing our hard-earned tax money for their own luxurious lifestyles. People, come 2014 all the opposition parties AND even ANC members who are beginning to wake up to the filth, crime and corruption S.A. has fallen into must make sure that they go and help vote them out. Please make a point of MAKING YOUR CROSS on a ballot paper - refusing to vote just adds to more votes for the ANC so if need be, spoin hyour ballot, vote for another party, but DON'T refuse to go and vote... The sooner the ANS goes, the sooner our country can be rebuilt to what it once was - safe, prosperous and peaceful...

  • johnnie.concrete.1 - 2013-02-17 00:12

    Why not move your shack closer to the shops?

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