Riaan van der Merwe is a resident at the Maluleke squatter camp, and he is not planning on moving out anytime soon- even if he gets a good job.
After the 35-year-old hit rock bottom, he was left homeless and without even the smallest amount of hope.
But, he received help from a friend, who could give him a place to stay in Maluleke squatter camp in Tshwane- the exact place he still lives in today.
According to the Daily Sun, an old friend of his girlfriend said he could rent a shack in the squatter camp.
Van der Merwe recalled how he went to visit the place and decided to move in the same day. And, luckily his neighbours accepted him from the get-go.
“They showed me where to fetch water and buy food.”
Van der Merwe said a lot of people told him to apply for an RDP, adding the squatter camp is his home.
The happy resident said R200 can carry him for two weeks, because it was much more affordable living in the kasi.
“With R200 I get from my parents, I’m able to buy food that lasts for two weeks. The beer is cheap, and I like the music played at the taverns,” he said.
His 40-year-old neighbour, Mashako Selaluke said van der Merwe is a friendly man and a good dancer.
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