For the past eight years the man in this picture has been a constant feature at the Old Naledi Bridge in Gaborone.
37 -year- old Mosimanegape Mosala has over the years caused many motorists to wonder why he sits at the bridge every day of the week from sunrise to sunset.
In an interview with The Voice recently, Mosala explained that he wakes up at 0630hrs every day to go and sit by the Bridge until he returns home in the evening because he would be ‘at work.’
Asked what his work entailed, mentally disturbed Mosala reached for a cigarette from his pocket and said.
“ Why should people be bothered that I go to my work place every day when I never ask them why they go to their work places.
I have been coming here for ages and I won’t allow anyone to remove me from this spot.”
Mosala’s uncle Kabelo Senwamiri (43), said that it has been impossible for the family to keep Mosala away from the bridge because every time they removed him, he simply returned to it right away.
He appealed to people to be empathetic towards Mosala and not hurt him.
Old Naledi Police Station Commander King Tshebo said that the police working with the family have taken Mosala to the psychiatric hospital three times in the past with no sign of the man abandoning his ‘work’ station at the bridge.
The police boss cautioned the public to desist from giving Mosala gifts such as money which he said could put his life in danger.
“Some passersby give him money but people shouldn’t do that because it could make him vulnerable to thugs and put his life at risk.” he warned.