PODCAST: SA’s forgotten citizens - the homeless & the hopeless

In our second episode, you'll get to know the people we spoke to during elections to find out how they ended up living on the streets.

Theko, a car guard in Hillbrow. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Homelessness is one of the many issues South Africa is faced with. While we and the rest of the world still grapple with addressing the issue of homelessness through further dehumanising homeless people, they believe that they are worth being treated like every other human being.

Eyewitness News had the opportunity to speak to a number of homeless people throughout Johannesburg, who have been living on the streets for different reasons.

In the previous episode, we spoke to the people we see at so many intersections throughout the country. They explained why they wouldn't be voting on 8 May in the general elections, and why.

In our latest episode, we’d like to introduce you to the people we spoke to, to find out how they ended up living on the streets.

They told EWN they believed that opportunities for them were there, but that there are some things that stop them from exploiting them.

Episode 2

What does it take for you to decide to leave home and live on the street? Some of the people we've spoken to say it's not as simple as earning an "easy living" begging from others. They explained some of the difficult and unlivable circumstances they've had to deal with, that eventually resulted in homelessness being the best solution.

Episode 1

Do homeless people vote? We spoke to some people who live on street, who told us they don't feel part of political parties' plans for a better South Africa.