Thieves steal blanket from homeless man during raging Cape storm

2017-06-08 08:39
Zola Matea,34, at the Sea Point Pavilion. He has been homeless for the past nine months. (Jan Cronje, News24 Correspondent)

Zola Matea,34, at the Sea Point Pavilion. He has been homeless for the past nine months. (Jan Cronje, News24 Correspondent)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - When rain, cold and high winds hit Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard on Tuesday evening, Zola Matea found that his blanket and clothes had been stolen. 

Matea, 34, has lived on the streets in and around Sea Point for the past nine months.

On Tuesday night, he had to brave the storm with nothing more than a thin hoodie and jeans, while sheltering under a small awning at the Sea Point Pavilion. 

"I was helping cars to park. Someone, when I came back to sleep, had stolen my clothes and blankets," said Matea on Wednesday afternoon as the storm wreaked havoc around the province.

"I was standing here the whole night, with no blankets. It was cold and there was a lot of rain."

- Live Update: Storm aftermath 

Matea, originally from Lesotho, arrived in Cape Town five years ago to look for work, settling in the Nomzamo informal settlement in Strand.

But after the house he was staying in burned down, he said he was forced to sleep on the streets. 

He has been homeless for the past nine months. 

To make ends meet, he works as a car guard. 

"I am watching cars, so when people come back they give me something. Then I get something to buy food."

He works construction jobs when he can get them, to save enough to afford a ticket to return to Maseru in Lesotho.

"I want money to go home. But it is now winter, so it is not so easy to get money," he said. 

Asked what he needed, he said a blanket for the cold nights ahead.

"Yes I need a blanket. But at the end of the day I want to go to Lesotho."

Read more on:    cape town  |  weather

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.