Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
6 minute read
24 Mar 2020
6:14 pm

WATCH: House the homeless during lockdown, but respect their rights

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Three buildings in the Johannesburg CBD have been identified for housing the homeless during the lockdown, and human rights groups have called for the police and military not to forget their rights.

Waste pickers are pictured in Newtown, Johannesburg, 24 March 2020. They were speaking to the Citizen on how the lock down will affect their livelihood. Picture: Tracy lee Stark

In the streets of Roodepoort, Johannesburg's homeless beggars were largely uninformed about the looming lockdown and how they could protect themselves from the Covid-19 virus. Hermanus Nel, 45 , survives by begging for change at an intersection in Horizon. "I just hear about this virus but I have to believe that I am strong,” he told us. He and his wife sleep in a nearby alley at night. His concern was that his daily source of income, begging, would be cut off during the lockdown and he hoped beggars would be allowed to continue to beg. “If I can’t come...