MUST READ: Can do or can of worms?

Can collector, Senzo and fellow vagrants have stirred up debate among residents.

Enterprising individuals or the architects of crime?

This is the debate surrounding a group of vagrants, often spotted in residential areas sifting through black refuse bags for cans and other items they can sell for scrap.

For some, these are simply men making a hard living.

ALSO READ: Crime Prevention A Group tracks down stolen vehicle

A resident contacted the Newcastle Advertiser recently, paying tribute to these men for their dedication towards earning the proverbial honest buck.

One of these men is known simply as Senzo.

Senzo has resided in Newcastle for five years, and works with three other vagrants to collect cans and metal objects to turn in at local scrap dealers.

“I collect into one bag of about 25 kilogrammes. They give me R12 per kg.”

Yet others in the community have laid recent suburban break-ins at the foot of vagrants like Senzo, including members of local neighbourhood watch initiatives.

They are concerned the vagrants are in fact part of a syndicate.

“We chase a lot of these guys to underneath the [Hardwick Street] bridge. They are definitely scouting and definitely involved in crime,” said a local civilian crime fighter.

He believed those digging through the refuse bags were using their ‘enterprising nature’ as a front to scout homes for eventual break-ins and burglaries.

However, he could not say how frequently vagrants were involved with crime.

Stating there was a group of between 30 and 35 vagrants beneath the Hardwick Street bridge, he said some criminals sought refuge there.

He was certain Senzo and his partners formed part of this group.

“The problem is, they stay under the bridge and nothing is done to remove them.”


Remember to visit our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.

Add us on WhatsApp today! 082 874 5550

You can also email our offices on Reveshni Douglas at [email protected] or [email protected] Bruce Douglas at [email protected] Tersia Gopi at [email protected] Zianne Leibrandt at [email protected]

Bruce Douglas

Latest News


Recommended Story x
#BlackMonday: Newcastillians unite against #FarmMurders – (Watch)

Thanx for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

to our FREE newsletter
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.

SELECT your titles:

Estcourt News
Ladysmith Gazette
Newcastle Advertiser
Northern Natal Courier
Vryheid Herald

Your details:

Your friends: