Life is a daily ordeal

2015-06-11 06:00
Ayanda Qhora, 43, and Siphokazi Rululu, 15, who are both sick, mostly depends on the help of Slindokuhle Rululu, 7, in Site C, Khayelitsha.

Mbongiseni Maseko

Ayanda Qhora, 43, and Siphokazi Rululu, 15, who are both sick, mostly depends on the help of Slindokuhle Rululu, 7, in Site C, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Life has never been easy for a father and daughter who are sick and mostly dependent on the care of another seven year old child in Site C, Khayelitsha.

Ayanda Qhora,43, shares a shack with his wife, Nomveliso Rululu, and their two children, Siphokazi Rululu, 15 and Slindokuhle Rululu, 7,.

Nomveliso does not remember the day happiness last visited her household, for all she remembers now is that since her husband and daughter Siphokazi suffered incessant bouts of seizures, it is a matter of time before another fit attacks them.

Even S’lindokuhle cannot remember the last time she had a blissful banter with her peers.

Things have taken a turn for the worse since father and daughter were forced by their illness to be housebound a few years ago.

Qhora, who was working as a security guard at Azania Security was forced to quit his job after his sickness escalated, years ago.

Even his memory is so affected he cannot remember when he last worked.

Siphokazi was also forced to quit classes at the Khayelitsha Special School.

Now, both depend on the care of S’lindokuhle who has to help look after them straight from school whilst her mother is at work. As a child, she finds herself caught between playing with friends and looking after her father and sibling.

And when the fits come, they seem to last forever. Siphokazi also has a mental disability. Qhora said he is scared that one day the worse might happen should their house catch fire.

“We depend on her(Slindokuhle) to help us. She knows that she has to run and ask for help every time my fits start. We are sick in this house. Living is tough for us. I am scared that one day we will burn inside the shack. I wish that one day we can get a decent house. The winter season is here, which means our shack runs the risk of flooding, and I can do nothing about it.”.

Xolani Dywili, a community leader, said the condition of the family is very touching. “It has been years since they were in this situation. A number of government officials from national government and provincial government have visited the family and promised to help them, but they never returned. Their condition is known by everyone here. We always think of them when it rains, because we know their shack will be flooded. They really need an urgent help,” Dywili said.

Dywili said he and other community members mostly come and help the family where they can.

He said they once found Qhora lying on the ground, trembling violenty from the fits.

Dywili also said Qhora has to carry Siphokazi from their shack to the road to get transport when she has to go to the clinic.

“I am concerned that she does not have a wheelchair.

Councillor Mlamli Velem, of Ward 87, said he is aware of the family and that he has approached the provincial Human Settlements Department.

“Their living condition is very bad. I do not have power to move them. I let the Department of Human Settlements know about their situation and I am still waiting for them to take action. An urgent intervention is needed.”

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