- After a motorist hit him, a homeless man was left hospitalised for eight months and another six months wheelchair bound
- However, when the Road Accident Fund (RAF) paid out, he was able to realise his dream
- So, he went and bought him a superbike, which he'll never sell
A homeless man in Bloemfontein went to buy himself a superbike, which he calls his baby. But, how can someone living on the street afford such a luxury?
The man named Marius bought the motorcycle after he was paid out an undisclosed amount fromthe Road Accident Fund (RAF).
The payout resulted from an incident where Marius was hit by a motorist. He sustained several injuries from the impact, which led to eight months hospitalisation and another six months in a wheelchair.
Martin, another homeless man close to Marius, spoke about how difficult it was for Marius after the accident.
He said he and Marius took hands and prayed to God, asking for help.
"A car struck him. He waited a long time,” OFM reported Martin said in Afrikaans, adding “I’m not going to swear … I’m just going to swallow my words and say he waited a long time. Then one day we sat hand in hand and said: ‘Lord, do You know what? You know how this man is struggling. You know I’m living on the street.’ Then God answered: ‘Martin, I know how long you’ve lived on the street. I’m going to help him.’ The next morning his money was paid in.”
After his first payment, Marius went straight to a bike shop where he spotted a 2005 R6 Valentino Rossi replica Yamaha, which Briefly.co.za learned was considered a collector's item.
“First thing when I walked in, I saw this baby. I said: ‘It’s mine.'”, he recalled.
He added he would never sell the bike, being a biker is in his blood.
“It’s in my blood, it’s in my heartbeat. It’s my everything. I am a biker in my heart and this was a dream for years.”
He also bought a bakkie, Suzuki motorbike and tools. Marius said he is an unemployed boilermaker and he's going to be taking things into his own hands.
Marius and Martin are planning on travelling to Cape Town, where Marius' brother lives. They apparently have not seen each other in years.
But, they had a set back- their jackets and helmets were stolen. However, after hearing their story, a local mechanic helped them out. He serviced their motorbikes and gave them new headgear.
The duo also said they do not want to be known as Bloem’s Homeless Boys, they prefer the name 'Bloem’s Biker Boys'.
Both men are still homeless.
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