- Briefly.co.za asked our readers how they thought the homeless were being cared for during lockdown
- 73% of our readers do not think they are being looked after properly
- The country is going through an unprecedented crisis and the poor are suffering the most
During this international crisis, the poor and vulnerable are at the greatest risk; some countries have done amazing things for their citizens.
Briefly.co.za asked South Africans how if the felt that the poor and vulnerable were being cared for during the lockdown. 73% of those who answered our questions thought that the poor and vulnerable were not being cared for.
Here is why they thought so:
Shezi Maverick Nhlanhla: "Some people are very greedy, even with food. It's such a disgrace that we have lost our Ubuntu. I grew up where people use to help each other and where your child was my child and vice versa let alone giving food. Some people heartless anyway God's plan will prevail."
Simela Tshidiso: "I may sound arrogant but the honest truth is the same poor people they keep on selecting the leaders who make them remain in poverty... so sometimes its hard to feel pity for them."
Ricardo Craig Petersen: "I'm from Manenberg and not once in my area since lockdown began did I see or hear that people in our area receive any parcels."
Myrtle Ball: "The poor need more than just a food parcel if and when they get it they have many other needs. They want to work and get out of the cramped places that they are in."
Mpho Malakes: "I don't think they are taken care of on a serious note. And this should be a wake-up for our government. Most of those who are taking care of us now are lower class. Of which they fall on the category of poor. So I urge our government to treat them as our people instead of enriching the rich. Serve the poor and the middle class."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a homeless man has proven that real wealth comes from within. The man was treated to groceries by well-known Good Samaritan, BI Phakathi, and decided to buy for his homeless friend too.
A video of the incident was shared by BI on his Facebook page. According to the footage, the homeless man's name is Michael. He grew up in the streets after he was given up by his mother who couldn't afford to raise him. His story touched Phakathi who offered to buy him food.
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