Yes - it was heartbreaking - even Dereck Watts was choked and close to tears. And how can someone "buy to adopt" knowing these facts? The child would not have proper birth registration and the problems are perpetuated.
Now - for the tough part!
When, oh when, will people *stop* handing money to beggars? If there is no income, then they won't be drawn to those spots to hold out their hands. It is exactly the same as people buying stolen goods - if there is no outlet, then petty crime will not be profitable.
I do NOT give money to anyone in the street. I have a few personal charities - people who need, but are doing something constructive to help themselves and their families - e.g. the cloakroom attendant at my gym who has 3 small children under 12 and whose husband recently died. Now she has been retrenched along with the rest of the country's attendants from that gym.
I have seen many of these "beggars" toss food donations away because that is not what they want! I personally knew a woman who earned more by begging than by being a salesperson at a flea-market and so she challenged me to give a valid reason for not staying on the streets - and living in a Shelter as it is cheaper than paying some **&&%^%$ landlord - her words, not mine - I am a landlord!
I cannot help everyone, but I do my bit. And I hope that Joburg police boss really will do something constructive to sort out the problem - they've done nothing to keep the City safe!
If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses. - Dan Sullivan, business coach
The unknown monster under the bed is always scarier than the dust bunny reality. - SP Healthy Reflection 29Nov2009
We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. - Carlos Castaneda
Joy doesn’t exist in the world, it exists in us - Ben Franklin
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