45-year-old Mayenzeke Shiyani is homeless, he has comfortably settled in a crack of Joburg city wall.
Ever since Shiyani arrived in Johannesburg from King William’s Town in Eastern Cape, he has comfortably fitted himself in the crack of a wall on Commissioner Street opposite the Johannesburg Central Police Station.
The homeless man’s pathetic condition is worsened by people’s ignorance as they walk past the wall. But he said people’s attitude towards him doesn’t bother him and that all that matters to him is his comfort.
Shiyani spends most of his time tucked in under his bright yellow blanket and only leaves his ‘room’ whenever he wants to buy food, have his bath or listen to a favourite radio station.
Apart from his BB tobacco, the homeless man owns few other properties which he carefully placed around his neat hole. These properties include a backpack, a D’Ziner digital watch, fake gold bands for his hand.
He is a proud owner of a battery-powered radio and a copy of his Identity book – which is filled up with pictures of soldiers and a poster of the war movie Jarhead.
Throwing light on how he has been surviving inside the crack, he said:
“I wake up at 2pm and walk to the filling station with my two-litre bottle to fetch water to bath by the corner. Then I buy food and, around 3pm, I listen to Radio Sonder Grense until it’s time to get back to my spot at 6pm.”