The homeless in South Africa have constituted quite a number of the country’s population. South Africans have become accustomed to the dishevelled figure on the robots and the beggar on the street corner. It is a disturbing sight which many South Africans have become accustomed to.
There are varying ways that ordinary South Africans respond to the homeless. Some give their extra change whilst others view them with contempt. However, the vast majority of South Africans seem rather unmoved by them, preferring to go on about their lives, yet cries for an equal South Africa for all are a common narrative for the country. Very few movements have sought for equality and care for the homeless. Many continue to weather the elements of our harsh world, from hunger and threats to their safety. In fact, Cape Town officials wanted to start fining the homeless for sleeping on public pavements.
How do you feel about the state of homeless people in South Africa? Do you think enough is being done?