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Cape Town - A teenage beggar on Cape Town’s streets said locals usually tipped more than tourists, but some tourists could be very generous.
The girl, from Bonteheuwel, who asked not to be named, said she received a €20 (R270) note from a tourist who she had supplied with drugs.
“He gave me R10 and asked if I could get him ganja and when I gave it to him he gave me €20... the most I can get in a day is R100.”
Many tourists didn’t tip because they were told not to by people like tour guides.
“The people that tell them not to give money are making a mistake, because when they don’t give money to us then some of the older street people will rob them.”
The girl was on the street because her mother was an alcoholic and her father was on drugs. She had been on the street for three years.
Ishmael Wyngaard, from Somerset West, said he had been on the street for 33 years. “My parents died when I was very young and since I was a child I have been on the street. I have made it this far through the good hearts of people, and other days I make money by washing taxis and cars and parking them.”
He was still hopeful he would get a job and his own place one day.
Crystal Malan said she got off the street nine months ago and had been off drugs since then. She said she would like to help others get off the streets.