Sizwe Buthelezi left his home to try make a success of himself but he has paid a heavy price for this decision.
The 26-year-old was recently spotted walking along the road outside Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape and looking very tired.
He said he was walking from Cape Town back home to Stanger in KZN!
Sizwe told the SunTeam he left Cape Town on 18 October and with the help of good-hearted motorists, he hoped to arrive home safely. He said he had been offered food and got a lift from Riversdale to George.
All Sizwe had with him for the 1 650km journey was a sack filled with dirty clothes.
He said he left home in 2012 to find work in Cape Town but had no success. He decided he was gatvol of Cape Town when he lost his ID in a robbery. He decided to go home to his father Thokozise Buthelezi, who still lives in Stanger.
“No one employs a person without an ID. I was penniless and started sleeping on the streets and eating from rubbish bins. People wouldn’t help me because I was dirty,” he said.
On his journey, Sizwe said he had been surviving on food left behind by motorists at petrol stations and rest stops.
“Living like this is not good. You sleep in the bush and fight for food with wild animals. I had a problem with baboons and monkeys in the Tsitsikamma area,” he said. “I want to see my father and apologise for leaving him for all these years. I never communicated with him because I couldn’t afford to phone him.”
Gcobani Maswana of Eastern Cape Social Development pleaded with anyone who found Sizwe to bring him to Sassa offices for food and transport money.