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Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke says it's shameful that it took the coronavirus for government to remember that there are homeless people, as well as those without water.

2020-04-06 06:39:00 PM

Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke says it is shameful that it took the coronavirus for government to remember that there are homeless people, as well as those without water. via SABCNewsOnline

Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke says it's shameful that it took the coronavirus for government to remember that there are homeless people, as well as those without water.

Image: SABC NewsGauteng Acting Social Development MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been heading the project of housing and feeding the homeless.Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke says it is shameful that it took the coronavirus for government to remember that there are homeless people, as well as those without water.

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He was responding to government’s lockdown measures, which has seenhomelesspeople placed in temporary shelters across the country in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Government has also been providing tanks for people without water, especially in rural areas and informal settlements.

Political analyst Tinyiko Maluleke says it is worrying that government has been re-active in providing the basic services it should have provided on a regular basis.“I suppose if we stretch our minds we could see these government interventions for the homeless, the rural and the poor as positive, but actually it’s a shame. It’s a shame that we had to wait for coronavirus before our government could think of buying Jojo tanks for the poor people without water in rural areas. It’s a shame that we had to wait for coronavirus for government to begin to think about the homeless people in our city and try to do something about their situation. I think it’s a crying shame,” says Maluleke.

The political fundi also warns those who are suddenly under government’s care, not to get too comfortable.Happy to be off the streetsDespite the warning however, some of the 125 homeless people being housed at a Community Hall in Kempton Park, in Ekurhuleni, are just happy to be off the streets for now, even if their new-found comfort may be short-lived.

In Gatueng, Acting Social Development MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, has been heading the project of housing and feeding the homeless. Lesufi says government is working on a number of options such as reconnecting them with their families, doing a skills audit, helping them find jobs and rehabilitating those with a drugs problem.

Some of the homeless people say they’ve already been engaged by social workers on the kind of assistance they require. However, if these efforts do not yield results, they are facing a strong possibility of again having to fend for themselves on the streets.

“It’s given, it’s obvious, there’s no other, we’ll have to go back to the streets.”“I don’t want to go back to the streets because it’s dangerous, so we need help to get a better place to stay.”“They should make a plan because once we leave this place we’re going back to suffering,” say some of the homeless people.

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Concern over withdrawalsThe Department of Social Development in North West says while it’s pulled out all the stops to accommodate over 110 homeless people across the province, it remains concerned about withdrawals among people who are suffering from substance abuse.

The department has sheltered homeless people in three district municipalities to avert the spread of COVID-19.The department says the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati is the only district without homeless people.Meanwhile, some of the homeless people seeking jobs are losing hope as their attempts have been shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic.

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In Johannesburg at devilliers and nugget street they are lot of homeless people that were left behind.please help them.THANK you. Lesufi is in Education yet seems like he is now the main social worker give that man a Nobel Where did government all of a sudden obtain money to distribute nearly 100k jojo tanks to communities without water? Some of those communities have been without water for a decade! Jojo's have also been distributed to places without water to fill the tanks. Urgh!😡

Prof must not start, since 2009, service delivery was put on pause ... couldn't expect comrades to eat and work, it is uncultured. Missfeliciam Sabc stop lying, the people love it so much . Stop bluffing All over Giyani and Malamulele areas there is no water but they don't talk about it on TV even homeless people are available at mopani and vhembe.

Does he know he's referring to a ruling party that elected a rapist and corruption-accused as its leader and thereby, the Republic's president? Shameful is not in the MYANC's vocab. Since 1994 this is the first time we see the government really serving us. We will always have homeless people in this world.

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