Family to go back home

2017-01-26 06:01
Brother and sister Monwabisi and Lindelwa Mfobela, shed tears of joy after they received the good news that their home will be built from scratch, thanks to the benevolence of former activists. On the extreme right is aunt Nokuzola Myeni. PHOTO: MBONGISENI MASEKO

Brother and sister Monwabisi and Lindelwa Mfobela, shed tears of joy after they received the good news that their home will be built from scratch, thanks to the benevolence of former activists. On the extreme right is aunt Nokuzola Myeni. PHOTO: MBONGISENI MASEKO

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A Gugulethu family whose house was gutted down by fire on Reconciliation in 2016, has received the good news that it will be built from scratch, thanks to the efforts of politicians and activists.

Last Friday, siblings Monwabisi and Lindelwa Mfobela received a surprise visit from Kholeka Mqulwana, Mcebisi Skwatsha and Neil De Beer, a business personality.

Mqulwana, a former Western Cape MEC for Social Development is now a South African ambassador to Kenya and Skwatsha is Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, while De Beer is the chairman of the Nedebe Group, which focuses on infrastructure and property development.

The Mfobela household in NY112-31 was burned down after a fire that started in the car-which was parked in the garage-spread to the house.

Former Gugulethu residents Mqulwana and Skwatsha heard of the family’s plight and started making moves.

They both approached De Beer for assistance to rebuild the home.

On Friday, Skwatsha and De Beer, led a team of construction companies, which came to assess the damage and promised to start rebuilding soon.

Lindelwa said they had lost everything in the flames.

“After I left the car idling in the garage as usual, I noticed that there was suddenly no sound coming that way, and on investigation found the car on fire. We tried to douse the flames, to no avail.”

She said she was very happy for the help they have received.

Lindelwa said in the in the interim, they have moved in with other relatives in Hazeldene.

Skwatsha said: “She called to ask for assistance to rebuild their house...I contacted Neil who promised to come and rebuild it. One day when the construction is done we will come and celebrate.”

He added that De Beer had joined the Struggle for liberation during the Apartheid era, sacrificing both comfort and privilege.

De Beer said the government cannot do everything and that business people should come and assist where they can.

“Some of us forget Ubuntu when we become rich. Brick by brick, we are going to rebuild this house.

They must ‘buyelekhaya’ (come back to their home). Government cannot do everything for us, some of us must rise-up and assist.” Mqulwana has pledged R20 000 towards rebuilding of the house.

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