Madala’s life changes

2017-04-06 06:02
Mcebisi Skwatsha, Reverend Zane Sangqu(partly obscured), beneficiary Monwabisi Tyewu,83, Neil De Beer, and Jack Klaas, Provincial Commissioner for the Department of Correctional Services, during the handover in Marcus Garvery, Philippi.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Mcebisi Skwatsha, Reverend Zane Sangqu(partly obscured), beneficiary Monwabisi Tyewu,83, Neil De Beer, and Jack Klaas, Provincial Commissioner for the Department of Correctional Services, during the handover in Marcus Garvery, Philippi.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Monwabisi Tyewu’s face lit up and seemed to express all the excitement in the senior citizen’s heart as his house was handed over to him after renovations.

Mcebisi Skwatsha, Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, his ally and entrepreneur Neil De Beer, and Jack Klaas, Provincial Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services were there during the handover.

Tyewu,83, from Marcus Garvey in Philippi said he was over the moon when he finally received the keys to his house.

The house had previously been in a bad state, and community members, feeling concerned about the health of the elderly Tyewu, then approached Skwatsha, asking for his help.

Skwatsha, in turn approached his friend De Beer for assistance in buying building material and the Department of Correctional Services availed inmates to do the construction work.

Tyewu thanked all those who contributed in the renovation of his house.

“I am very happy. No other person could live in the house (before it was renovated), because it was in a very bad condition. They have done a great job. I would like to thank them,” he said.

Tyewu lives alone in the house, and he jokingly asked De Beer to find him a wife.

Skwatsha said he was grateful to the community for bring the old man’s plight to the fore.

“The community members did good looking after him. It was a struggle for the old man. We spoke to Nedebe and they were keen to assist. It is about human dignity for him to live under a roof. This is his Constantia. This happened in the month of Human Rights,” Skwatsha said.

De Beer said he could not hesitate to heed the call to help.

“I would love to build a house every day, because that is what people deserve. This is your home. You deserve better, you deserve dignity. We wish you days and days of happiness in this house,” he said.

De Beers promised to hand-over another house which was destroyed by fire which he is rebuilding in Gugulethu in July.

Klass urged residents to welcome ex-offenders when they are released and also to protect officials when they make visits in their areas.

“We work with offenders... We teach them various skills so that when they are released they will utilise them. They can do better jobs with their hands. We urge residents to welcome them when they are released.

Ask them what they were taught. We have incidents whereby our officials get assaulted and robbed when they visit communities. We ask that you look after them,” Klass said.

The renovation included building a wall which separates the kitchen and the bedroom, building a new toilet attached to the house and also building a new toilet in the yard for tenants who live at the back of the house.

Jonginkosi Vava, the street committee chairperson thanked contributers and said the residents were happy to Tyewu’s house improving.

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