Police build destitute woman a home

2013-12-19 00:00

IN a stunning gesture of Christmas charity, KwaZulu-Natal police officers yesterday handed over a house they had built to a destitute woman and child who had been living in “appalling conditions”.

The “Uncedo Project”, initiated by SAPS members in the Alexandra Road Crime Prevention Unit and Youth Desk, built a home for an unemployed mother, Zinhle Khoza (23), and her five-year-old daughter. Colonel Jay Naicker said with the walls and roof of her mud-home offering no protection from the elements, the police saw it important to give a “helping hand”.

Khoza has been unable to work since an arm operation in 2010 as the injury has never healed. “The police were touched by her story and immediately swung into action by approaching various local businesses, government departments and non-government departments for donations of material to build her a new home,” said Naicker.

The five-month project saw volunteers from the Department of Correctional Services, Department of Health and Cogta assisting in building Khoza’s new home. Although the house is complete, Naicker said they will still be working on landscaping and gardening around it.

“It is such a pleasure to see police members working on outreach projects in their spare time, which is over and above their normal duties,” said Khoza.

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