New Brighton SAPS bring early Christmas presents to disabled gogo

2016-11-30 06:01
Flanking gogo Nomakorinte Sibali is Captain Michelle Matthews and Ward Councillor Xola Sabani. On the far right is Const. Abongile Ndabeni and New Brighton CPF Secretary Nomonde Mselena with the early Christmas present they handed over to the gogo.

Flanking gogo Nomakorinte Sibali is Captain Michelle Matthews and Ward Councillor Xola Sabani. On the far right is Const. Abongile Ndabeni and New Brighton CPF Secretary Nomonde Mselena with the early Christmas present they handed over to the gogo.

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SIXTEEN Days of Activism for no violence against women and children called members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Community Police Forum (CPF) in New Brighton into action to help a disabled elderly woman.

Accompanied by Nelson Mandela Bay Ward 26 Councillor Xola Sabani, these law enforcement officers visited Nomakorinte Sibali of Qaqawuli Squatter camp and provided her with groceries as an early Christmas present.

Sibali (63) is a diabetic who lives with grandchildren in her house. She has had to have a limb amputated due to the illness. She struggles to move around the house and needs a wheelchair.

“We’ve been assessing her situation and realised her needs and decided to donate money and bring her these groceries as part of our contribution in the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children,” said Warrant Officer Mzoxolo Thobani.

WO Thobani added that they have noticed that the gogo was a hard working person who loved to do things herself but still struggled.

“We want to thank the SAPS and CPF for identifying someone in our Ward to assist. The elderly must be looked after well. This is a good gesture which we, as the municipality would soon follow. We know that she needs a wheelchair and are in the process of acquiring that for her,” said Cllr Sabani.

Cllr Sabani said it was good to see police members coming up with a solution to the community problem and not just highlighting it during this very important event in the country’s calender.

“We commit ourselves to soon provide her with the wheelchair to make sure that we limit her problems and that she’s able to move around and do the things she likes to do,” said Sabani.

“I am so happy for this early Christmas present. I thank the New Brighton SAPS and CPF,” said gogo Sibali.

“I never knew this would ever happen to me. It also gives me hope that indeed I would soon have a wheelchair,” she said.

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