Dept steps in for Buddyz bid to help teen amputee

2009-03-29 00:00

The life of a 14-year-old boy, who lost his arms after being burnt in an electrical accident in 2007, has been made easier after the KZN Finance and Economic Development Department donated a computer to him on Friday.

Lindokuhle Ngxongo of Melmoth in Zululand had both arms amputated just below the elbows, but the determined youngster uses his stumps to hold a pen when he writes. While he was recovering in hospital, he was taught to use a computer, which he finds quicker than writing with a pen.

The teenager is the eldest of three children and stays with his grandmother as his parents passed away. His family survives through his grant and grandmother’s pension.

He said that although he regrets climbing an electricity pole and touching a live wire, he does not see his disability as an obstacle. “I can do anything except zip my pants,” he said.

Lindokuhle was identified as a person who needs support by a group of young pupils from the Ntuthuko Primary School. The group, Ntuthuko Soul Buddyz Club, visited Ngxongo, who is enrolled at Ekuthuleni Primary School, and decided to help him by raising funds.

Nomfundo Mtshali (11), a group leader, said, “We wanted to buy him artificial hands so he would be able to write like other children.”

The group members identify people in need and those who cannot help themselves. They also sell sweets to raise money to help those who have no food to eat, said Patricia Shezi a group facilitator.

Shezi said the group wrote to the KZN Provincial Treasury and explained Lindokuhle’s problem last year. Shezi said they were really happy when they heard that the department had bought a computer and printer.

The head of the Provincial Treasury, Smiso Magagula, on Friday presented Ngxongo with a computer on behalf of the MEC for Finance and Economic Development, Dr Zweli Mkhize. Magagula said Nxongo is an inspiration to everyone, and despite the challenges that life has brought him, he has not given up the dream of a normal life.

“A person should never be left to suffer alone when they live among other people. It takes a community to raise a child,” said Magagula.

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