Homeless informal recyclers sob as SA helps them after deadly attack

Homeless informal recyclers sob as SA helps them after deadly attack

- Two informal recyclers were viciously attacked by bees

- One of the men, Steve, suffered 2 heart attacks as a result of the attack

- Since the attack, the community has come together for these men

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“I thought I’d lost my best friend.”

An informal recycler, Tshepo, and his friend, Steve, were attacked by a swarm of bees recently. Steve was in such a bad way, Tshepo thought he died.

According to a Back a Buddy campaign that was set up for them, the two local recyclers were pulling their trolleys on Friday, 7 September when a swarm of bees suddenly attacked them.

The Angel Network and “One Small Act of Kindness” are now raising funds to help Steve and Tshepo get the medical care they need.

Homeless informal recyclers sob as SA helps them after deadly attack

Two friends were attacked by bees recently. Following their attack, a community cape together to help them both. Image source: Back a Buddy

The Angel Network said witnesses on the scene described it as the most horrific scene.

Briefly.co.za learned that CSS Security and paramedics used fire extinguishers to get rid of the bees to treat the men in a place of safety.

While security officers and paramedics loaded Steve into the ambulance, they thought he was dead.

Both men were quickly taken to Helen Joseph Hospital. When they arrived there, 43-year-old Steve suffered two heart attacks and had to be resuscitated in casualty. It’s believed the huge amount of poison in his sytem ed to the heart attacks.

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Last Saturday, representatives from an organisation called “One Small Act of Kindness” met with Steve and Tshepo.

Tshepo was already discharged from hospital. When he found out their trolleys, their only means of income, were safe, Tshepo burst into tears.

He could not believe people cared so much.

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Tshepo said:

“I thought I’d lost my best friend. We rely on each other to survive and I didn’t know how I was going to live without my friend.”

The organisation has, since the attack, ensured the men have food, medicine and other supplies, but, the organisation also launched a BackaBuddy fund to help.

1. Both men now need EpiPens, because now, they’re both allergic to bees.

2. The organisation said it would also like to donate a few hundred rands to Steve and Tshepo monthly. The organisation said both men are supporting families in Rustenburg and Daveyton. Apparently, they’re families don’t know they are homeless.

3. For both men, it would be a dream come true to see their families. The organisation is also raising funds to send both home to see their loved ones.

The group will manage the funds directly and ensure the money is used for the goals set.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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