We Must Get the Beggars off our Streets!
Who thought driving through the CBD of Johannesburg at every traffic lights junction (robots) will be a face of beggar. As I drove from my hotel to central Johannesburg this morning I encountered numerous beggars (a daily affair) walking from vehicle to vehicle requesting spare change for dancing, washing windscreens or merely displaying their disability.
From my personal interaction with these obstacles on the road many are from Zimbabwe and other neighbouring African Countries. Why are the local councils encouraging these acts, if not for the safety of such individuals, some even beg with their infants in the blazing summer conditions.
If this does not affect the by-laws, then why not in the name of Human Rights get them of the streets? We need to put a stop to this! They are a hazard to drivers, and if not dealt with this will grow to become a feature of our roads.
Assisting a fellow human in need is a benevolent gesture to which I also enjoy participating but people who are placing their lives in harm’s way begging on our roads are going to contribute to death toll. Authorities should be held responsible just as they are eager to collect fines from speeding motorist!