Ex-inmate helps feed the hungry

2016-02-25 06:00
 Patients and officials from Correctional services stands outside Mathew Goniwe clinic after receiving their soup.  picture: Lindile Mbontsi

Patients and officials from Correctional services stands outside Mathew Goniwe clinic after receiving their soup. picture: Lindile Mbontsi

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Ex-convict Dora Bell sprang an idea of helping others while doing her time for crime, but little did she know that her dream would become reality one day.

The 55-year-old from Makhaza in Khayelitsha was arrested for murder in the 90s and was released only in 2006.

She said when former Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour came to her rescue, it was surreal.

“I worked in his office as a kitchen assistant for three years and he really inspired me a lot.

I started visiting the local clinic to pray for sick people. I noticed that some people were not taking their tablets properly because they had nothing to eat. I knew something had to be done about it,” said Bell.

“I approached the Department of Correctional Services and we started a soup kitchen where we give patients soup and bread in the morning three times a week.

“It has been going well as about 50 people benefit from the project.”

Patient Nozuko Kwana (53) said she was grateful to Dora for what she was doing for them.

Watshela Tetele from the department said: “We support her 100% because this is a very good initiative. We want to see this grow and succeed.

“Giving back to the community is a great thing and we applaud her for doing it.”

Councillor Danile Khatshwa urged business people who are financially stable to support the initiative.

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