MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Totally Disillusioned
Comments: 10
Article views: 1401
Latest Badges:

View all Totally Disillusioned's badges.

She is 84....

13 March 2014, 09:00

His mother lives in an old age home. There are nearly 150 of them there, average age somewhere in the late 70’s. Many of her friends are living with their kids in the “granny flat”, not to mention those in a Wendy house in some back yard. The ‘lucky ones’ were sponsored by the children overseas and are now living there, far from their friends and the familiar.

The food is bland some days under the command of the new chef. They fired the previous cook as she was caught stealing. The rooms are small, usually crowded with extra cupboards or a table to make space for a hobby.

The bathroom have baths (it’s an old building), no showers for the sake of arthritis stiffened and inflamed joints, or to ease the constant fear of falling and breaking a hip. She sits on a little plastic stool to wash herself, pulls the plug, places towels inside the bath and then carefully steps out, hanging onto the handle on the edge of the bath.

When he takes her shopping she is happy. Most of the others have to go with the minibus. It is not as low as the car, making it difficult to get in, especially if it is raining. He parks in the invalid parking when the car guard beacons to him. She then has space to get out and to open the door wide.

She pushes the trolley because it’s something she can hold onto over the sometimes uneven floor, and should she get a bit of vertigo. The handbag is tightly clutched, the shopping list (only 15 items) in the other hand. By the 3rd row she has to rest. Getting her breath back to pick up the 6kg of the milk pack and to place it inside the trolley basket. The last 12 months he has done it for her, but she’d forgotten.

She pays. The handbag is open for all to see and take. He keeps a subtle eye on her. Next to her till is a neatly dressed couple, paying with a SASSA card. Look closer and one can see the mend in his shirt. The wife wears no jewellery and her nail polish is chipped.

Now they are off to Clicks. He stands at the door, pretending to take an SMS and replying as his mother goes in alone. Buying nappies is a bit of an embarrassment.

He takes her back to the old age home. The power is out. They wait an hour in the lounge until the lift works again. She rests a bit before they have tea; it has been an exhausting morning.

When he asks her why she insists going shopping and expresses the wish that he could look better after her, she replies:

“You did not just dump here and forgot about me. Like some other’s children did. You already pay for my monthly rent. There are so many that do not even live in an old age home. It gets me out. I enjoy it. You allow me to do most of the shopping. It restores some dignity, I think. I am grateful”

He later says goodbye. Gets in the car and cries. For her, for all the poor, for the country.

The hopelessness overwhelms.....

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Tyler Dean Smith
Students and what they want and w...

To the students of South Africa that think that they have been wrongly promised the a free education Read more...

0 comments 996 views
Submitted by
Lindie Langa
Fees Must Fall No Coincidence nor...

Let me tell you my dearly beloved fellow country men and women, this whole "fees must fall debacle" is not accidental, neither is it purely political or eocio-economic.  Read more...

0 comments 411 views
Submitted by
Enriko Klopper
The not-so-new game of South Afri...

Clicking through the news and trying to compartmentalise all this information is an exhausting task. Especially if you are attempting to remain as objective as humanly possible. Read more...

0 comments 152 views
Submitted by
Asiza Tait
Jehovah’s Witnesses – Report back...

On the 11 August 2016 I posted up an article regarding the Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses on News24 that would be running from September through to October in South Africa.  Read more...

0 comments 505 views
Submitted by
Victor van Heerden
Are the FeesMustFall and Decoloni...

Are the FeesMustFall and Decolonisation adherents anymore credible than the SJW’s?  Read more...

0 comments 281 views
Submitted by
'Big Chief' Zuma suddenly meets e...

Zuma might not have had a normal school education, but he is undoubtedly street-smart. As Nkonto We Sizwe's military strategist.  Read more...

0 comments 672 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2016 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.