Lending a helping hand: Homeless man directs traffic during loadshedding

Lending a helping hand: Homeless man directs traffic during loadshedding

A homeless man, decided to get busy and help out as a traffic points-man in Berea, Durban on Thursday, during Eskom's loadshedding.

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According to the Daily Sun, he was directing the traffic effortlessly, making sure motorists didn't get caught in a traffic jam.

While some may think it was a good deed, others were a little concerned. Social media users were divided in their opinions after the homeless man was captured on a local online newspaper's video directing the traffic on the busy Berea road.

Some said he did a great job and risked his life to assist others while others questioned if he was high on drugs and could have caused a major accident. Check out the video, shared by Berea Mail.

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MaDlamini Nih Kim'ora said that these boys are very helpful even when you have a breakdown they help push. She said the guy's name in the video is Justice.

Charmaine Schwartz commended the homeless man. She said: "Job well done even though he's putting his own life at risk."

Mandy Rudman said she thought it was kind of them to do. "Their lives must be pretty hum drum every day and for a moment now they actually feel useful. Vehicles can still rely on traffic skills in these circumstances but let them enjoy it. No accidents yet "

But others thought that this kind of behaviour was dangerous and that the homeless man should be punished.

Jenny Sutton questioned that if you have an accident while being directed by a vendor/beggar will insurance pay? "I don't think so. The onus is on the motorist to know and obey the rules of the road," she added.

Natasha Jameson said the problem is that none of them know the rules of the road and have never driven a car before, so it's not very safe.

Debbie Riggien said that as licensed road users all drivers should know how to use an intersection when the traffic lights are not working so as not to cause any triffic jams. She also claimed that regardless of how "helpful" they may be, they have no authority to tell vehicles to stop or go.

But it seems like the self appointed homeless points-man is winning the hearts of social media users.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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