MUST READ: Destitute people face uncertain future

Petros Radebe stands outside his makeshift home, with his dog Rex.

The homeless community lead isolated and secular lives, often shunned by society.

Four destitute men have made a vacant plot of land on Sutherland Street their home.

Hidden between the long grass and trees, the men live in a state of poverty, scrounging for food on a daily basis.

“I have been living here for about nine months,” claimed Petros Radebe.

He apparently made his shelter on Sutherland Street, after he was unable to find work.

“I have been homeless for a long time. I left Kwa Kwa in search of work, but was unable to find employment. After moving around, I decided to live here with my two dogs, Rex and Max.”

Apparently, Petros received his dogs from a previous employer.

“I had a part time job and when my contract came to an end, the dogs followed me. I think they joined me as I used to spoil them while I worked for my boss.”

While Petros seeks employment, one of his homeless friends felt pessimistic about finding work for himself.

“I try and push trolleys for people at stores, but I doubt I will find employment as I never finished school,” said the man, who wished to remain anonymous.

He has allegedly been living on Sutherland Street for three months. “It isn’t easy living on the streets, but what else can I do?” he asked.

While the two men tried to survive, Mark Jacobs from Two Eagles Security was not enthusiastic about them living at the entrance to Paradise.

Jacobs believed destitute people were often linked to petty crime, which endangered the safety of other residents.

“I believe something needs to be done about them,” he said.

Director of Human Settlements, Muzi Shozi, had assured his department would be looking into the matter.

“We will see when we can move the men from the land.”

Faced with the prospect of being moved from their makeshift homes, the four homeless men were now faced with an uncertain future.

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Quinton Boucher
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