John Makoko, Summit & North Road

25 Nov

John Makoko

Born in 1965 in Johannesburg, John Makoko looks older than his 47 years; living on the streets has taken its toll. Having survived on piece jobs for many years, he turned to begging 6 years ago. He sleeps at Benmore Gardens by the bridge, and makes R20 – R30 a day.

Summit and North

He told us that some people have built a relationship with him and regularly give him clothes and food. Asked him what type of motorists are the best givers, he was quite blunt: whites, he said.

(How true that is, and whether he was saying it to placate me, I don’t know. Many of the beggars I spoke to made the same claim, but I wasn’t able to verify it.)

John with sign


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