I met someone in lakeside on the way to haven for lunch at the haven and invited him along .He was at a bin looking for food. A man with real dignity but finding himself in a extremely difficult sitaaion it turned. He had come from tulbagh a few days back.
we went for lunch at the Haven (he is the fellow on the right in the picture ) The local Muizenburg homeless people 3 of whom, joined me this day for lunch didnt know him .
There was some thing of shocked look in his face and one had the sense he hadnt been on the street a while
He told me he had come form tulbagh where there was no work hoping to find it in cape town. .and in fact had walked the entire way, sleeping on the street on the way from Milnterton side.
Because it sounded so totally foreign to anything I had remotely expereinced my life, i too was shocked and as usual one goes inot a kind of denial as if it cant possibly true when the facts are so horrendous..
Plus the fact that he was very forthcoming when I asked questions but that clearly I could see was He was kind of in shock.
In any case he just wanted to go back to Tulbagh and wanted money for train ticket
I suspended my disbelief..because yes some times its tough to now when one is getting as story or not. We went to muizenburg train station and i bought ticket. As soon as it passed hands he had this look of extreme urgency and beetled to the stations platform as fast as he could.
I felt a little ashamed tht I had even doubted his need.