Overwhelmed gran tries to kill herself

2012-04-26 10:19
Cape Town - A Samora Machel grandmother tried to commit suicide for a second time over the weekend out of desperation.

The domestic worker's situation came to light after her employer called radio talk show host Africa Melane, reported Eyewitness News.

The employer said the woman had tried to commit suicide before, and is struggling to care for her nine grandchildren.

She was desperate and unable to cope with her situation, which included a 17-year-old daughter who had recently left her with a 5-month-old baby.

Her three children are unemployed and her eldest is a drug addict who steals from her.

Apart from her salary as a domestic worker, she receives a R250 grant for four of the children.

The department of social development said they would look into helping the woman.

A social worker will be appointed to look into her situation.

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