A homeless young man, Justin, aged 27, who came to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth in search of his sister who lives here, was recently found wandering aimlessly in the Rondebosch area by GSCID security staff. He was referred to Ingrid Frieslaar, the GSCID’s Social Outreach Manager for assessment and intervention.

It appears that he had been strolling around Sea Point for some days before making his way south and spending two nights at Rondebosch police station. Frieslaar reports that he appeared very confused and that she could not make much sense of what he was saying when she spoke with him.


Chrysalis intern, Ridaa Davids is seen here with Justin, Ingrid Frieslaar  (GSCID Social Outreach Manager) and Chrysalis intern Lifa Nchanda


Contact was made with family in PE and an uncle agreed to take Justin in. Chrysalis interns, Lifa and Ridaa, escorted Justin to the GSCID’s Social Facility where he showered and received second hand clothing. He was then accompanied to the bus terminus for his journey home at a cost of R350.00 for bus fare and R50.00 for food en route.

In a follow up call to the family, the uncle advised that Justin is now living with him and that he is being assessed at a mental institution. “I am just glad that we were able to assist in getting Justin reunited with his family, says Frieslaar, “and for us it means one less homeless person in our precinct.”


Justin being escorted onto the bus for his journey home, seen here with the bus driver and Chrysalis intern, Lifa Nchanda

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