Kimberley - The plight of Kimberley’s homeless has come under the spotlight again following the discovery of the body of a man in a veld next to Rest Haven Old Age Home in Ashburnham after one of the coldest nights of the year in the city.
The homeless man’s body, which was noticeably malnourished, was found dressed in tattered shorts, a T-shirt and shirt and lying without any covering next to some ashes on Thursday morning.
Another homeless man, Nico Seekoei, said that he had shared a space under a tree with the deceased for about three weeks.
Seekoei said that he did not know the name of the deceased or whether he had any family.
“We stay in this veld under the tree. This man came and asked to stay here with me. I told him that I did not have much and could not even share my blanket with him as it is too small. He, however, stayed here with me over the weeks. We would individually go and search for something to eat during the day and meet again at the tree at night,” said Seekoei.
He said that the deceased had complained about having pain in his body on Wednesday night.