23 January 2013

South Africa: Circus Saved My Life: Street Kid

A homeless boy from Cape Town is travelling around the world after being trained as a circus performer, it was reported on Wednesday.

Phelelani Ndakrokra, 17, told the Daily Voice he was born in Greenmarket and moved into a shelter run by the Zip Zap circus in 2010.

"The first time I walked into the circus tent I couldn't believe it.

There were people on those one-wheel bikes, jugglers and acrobats," he said.

The teenager first learned simple tumbles and how to juggle.

He soon progressed to the "Second Chance" troupe and his education was sponsored by a circus benefactor.

"This is the place [where] I belong. If I wasn't here, I'd be on the streets robbing people and breaking into cars."

Ndakrokra had since performed on stages across Europe as a trained juggler and acrobat.

The circus was founded in the early 1990s and has taken many children off the streets.

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