Community rallies to aid deserted siblings

2010-12-15 00:00

A FAMILY of eight deserted children in Ezinqoleni on Saturday moved into a brand- new home that replaces the shack they had sheltered in for two years.

Penny Mqadi and J.P. Shabalala of the Ezinqoleni social crime prevention unit found the eight siblings, between the ages of one and 20, in August 2007.

Their mother had died a month earlier and their father had left with another woman, leaving the children to fend for themselves.

The Margate Cluster gender mainstreaming team, led by Brigadier Morris Moodley and Lieutenant-Colonel Muriel Novandla, decided to help the deserted children.

The SA Police Force launched a fundraising drive. Neighbours invited them to stay in their rondavel and the Ezinqoleni Women’s Network donated food and blankets and made regular visits.

Many other people in the community rallied to help, including police officers and businesspeople. Their help resulted in a proper house being built for the young family.

The new house in Ezinqoleni was handed to the family after a ribbon-cutting ceremony, presided over by SAPF provincial commissioner Mammunye Ngobeni.

One of the children read out a poem entitled Poor Children, which brought tears to many eyes.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the SAPF in Port Shepstone praised everybody who was involved in the building of the house.

“It is great for these children to have a new house to live in by Christmas,” she said. “Everybody who was involved in the project and anybody who has donated any­thing to the family should know they have been part of a very worthy cause.”

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