Locked-down homeless swap the streets for the road of redemption

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Locked-down homeless swap the streets for the road of redemption

Mpho Temo, who gave birth to twins in a shelter, is among 483 who have been given another chance

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Fear of losing her baby twins during the Covid-19 lockdown gave Mpho Temo the courage to give up life on the streets and reunite with her family.

The 27-year-old from Soweto had been living on the streets of Johannesburg for more than a year before she was taken in by a shelter for homeless people in Hillbrow during lockdown. She was heavily pregnant.

Since the shelter is not designed to accommodate children, social workers tried to reunite her with family in Pimville. When they succeeded, Temo became one of 483 homeless people reintegrated after 2,752 were taken off the streets and placed in 45 city shelters when the pandemic hit...

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