No ID family helped with food and cash

2015-08-27 06:00
Modi Maqabaza, of Umanyano Lwabaphulaphuli Initiative handed over the grocery to Mamela Ntshekelo, 25, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, on Friday.

Modi Maqabaza, of Umanyano Lwabaphulaphuli Initiative handed over the grocery to Mamela Ntshekelo, 25, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, on Friday.

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A needy family from Makhaza was visited by members of Umanyano Lwabaphulaphuli Initiative who handed them groceries and cash on Friday.

The family of three children, who have no Identity Documents (IDs) and birth certificates and their heavily pregnant mother, Nokuzola Ntshekele, also does not have an ID.

Ntshekele told City Vision that she was on her way to Tygerberg hospital when she received the news of the visit.

She has been in Khayelitsha hospital for the past week and was transferred to Tygerberg on the day of the visit.

Modi Maqabaza, of Umanyano Lwabaphulaphuli Initiative, said they visited the family after they became aware of their dire condition, recently.

“We found children sitting alone at home as their mother who is pregnant was admitted in hospital.

Their mother does not have an ID and also her children do not have IDs and birth certificates.

They do not get social grants as a result. The youngest child, who is two years old, also lives with mental disability.

They did not have food when we arrived there,” Maqabaza said.

Maqabaza also said they then approached local businesses and asked for donations and about R200 cash for the family.

Mamela Ntshekelo, 25, the oldest child, has a child who also does not have a birth certificate.

The children also stay with their uncle who is estimated to be 27 years old who is also mentally unstable after a stabbing incident years ago.

Councillor Mpucuko Nguzo, of Ward 95, said he intervened to see the family getting help.

Nguzo said the youngest child, was now under the care for Social Development and that they are busy with the process of applying for the IDs and birth certificates for the family members.

“Their mother tried to apply for IDs but nothing came out of the applications.

We are going to use their uncle’s ID to register them on the list for indigent families who receive some groceries,” Nguzo said

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