JoziFolk - images of everyday life in South Africa

street portraits, real people, Johannesburg

"I worked as a mechanic for years but then the workshop shut down and, because I never had papers, I could not find new work.

"And when I did manage to get an interview, they always wanted a phone number where they can call me. I am homeless. I don't have a phone and can't afford a cellphone."

I see you wear a wedding ring, are you married? 

"I was married but on 16 July last year the place we were living in caught fire and my wife and children were burned to death. It was in the newspaper.

"Since then I've had to live on the streets. At night I sleep at the garage by the roadhouse."


Image: Hilton Hamann

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