Volunteers offer help

2017-04-06 06:02
Mfundo Mbeki, of Rands, open-air Lounge (left), Zikho Mase of CWP, and Mshayi Mbeki of Rands, during the painting and cleaning of the house in Khayelitsha, on Thursday.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Mfundo Mbeki, of Rands, open-air Lounge (left), Zikho Mase of CWP, and Mshayi Mbeki of Rands, during the painting and cleaning of the house in Khayelitsha, on Thursday.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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The house of a woman who allegedly suffers abuse at the hands of her children was given a new lease on life after it was given a face-lift and she was donated groceries.

The event took place in Site B, C Section in Khayelitsha on Thursday last week.

Dina Morungwe Monatisi,55, was visited by members from the Community Work Programme(CWP), who also painted and cleaned her house.

Mfundo and Mshayi Mbeki, owners of the Rands open-air tavern donated groceries to Monatisi.

CWP’s Zikho Mase said they were touched to learn about Monatisi’s living conditions and decided to extend a helping hand.

“We wanted to do a difference in her house. We wanted to show her that we care. We also help clean police stations, crèches, schools and houses for elderly people,” Mase said.

Mfundo said they felt that there was a need to be part of the team that is changing Monatisi’s life after they were approached by members of CWP.

“We grew-up here, we stay here and we do business here in this community so we see the need of helping those who need help. We are part of the community. We also understand that she and her son do not have IDs (Identity Documents) so we promised to intervene as well,” he said.

The Mbeki brothers also replaced the door handles to the house which were allegedly damaged by the beneficiary’s offspring.

Monatisi said the help came at a time she needed it the most.

“My children abuse me. They call me a witch. I do not have an ID now because it was burnt. I will have to hide the grocery, because they are going to take it. One of them once put sand in my food, and I’m not right.”

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