Joseph Phukubje, who made headlines as a beggar who received help in getting a better life, has gone back to the streets.
For several months Phukubje stood at the traffic lights in Sandton with his C.V in hand, begging for a job. He caught the attention of Pamela Green, who made efforts to better his situation by posting his story on Facebook. Within 24 hours Phukubje received more than 1000 job offers – including Locomute, the company that landed his signature to be part of its employees.
In addition, he was also given a furnished apartment and he was well on his way to starting his new life. Just when his future was heading to the right direction, Phukubje has disappeared.
In a detailed Facebook post, a heartbroken Green shares the two months journey of Phukubje’s life out of the streets.
2 months ago I stopped to help a young man on the side of the road who was asking for a job. I posted his story on Facebook and the country watched in awe as his second chance was created!
Within 24 hours he had been offered multiple jobs, bursaries, donations and well wishes. Within a week, Joseph Phukubje was not only working at Locomute, but he was a household name!
The weeks that followed saw him flourish at work. We paid for an apartment for him, his employers filled his new home with all the appliances and furniture he needed, and Joseph was on his way!
But Joseph had demons, the dream was to be short lived, and after a month the truth was realised, his active addiction was ongoing.
For a week Joseph went back to the street. The apartment, the job, the warm clothes, the 3 daily meals were all put on pause. We could not enable his life of addiction. That wouldn’t help him, and we would not stand to allow the generous donations to be used to fuel his habit.
Joseph came back.
He told us how he couldn’t survive on the streets anymore. He told us that after seeing the life he could have, he wanted it back more than anything, but that he needed help.
And so we set out to help him. We appealed to the public to assist with an addiction treatment facility, and when that only brought in a fraction of the amount needed, Joseph begged Locomute and me to assist in paying off his treatment at the facility.
After a week as an inpatient, he was to continue on a 3 week programme as an outpatient. Slowly Joseph started earning back our trust. Slowly he started getting back to his second chance.
Today the dream ended.
It is with the heaviest heart and tears in my eyes that I am writing this.
Joseph’s actions have lead him back to his previous life choice. He has left the home given to him, and he is once again homeless and unemployed. Our hearts are broken, and I sit here, still hoping that one day he will choose a healthier future for himself!
At this time, it is important to remember the other side of the last 2 months……
I left my corporate job and followed my lifelong dream to formally create#SecondChances. In the last 2 months, with the help of the page’s followers, we have helped to successfully create second chances for over 25 people, resulting in 84 lives being changed for the better, forever!
Together with YOUR help, people are believing, people are doing, we are restoring humanity!
I will forever be grateful to Joseph for helping me to create my #SecondChance. I might not have been able to change his life, but he has forever changed mine, and I am committed to continue striving to change the world, one life at a time!
“It’s really amazing when two strangers become the best of friends, but it’s really sad when the best of friends become two strangers.”
Hamba kahle Joseph…