Good doctor makes mobility possible

2015-08-13 06:00
Siphokazi Rululu, 14, received a wheelchair donation on Monday. With bher are aunt Nokhanyile Pokolo,and Dimo Seti, a community leader

Mbongiseni MASEKO

Siphokazi Rululu, 14, received a wheelchair donation on Monday. With bher are aunt Nokhanyile Pokolo,and Dimo Seti, a community leader PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Monday was a day of joy for Siphokazi Rululu, 14, who suffers from chronic epilepsy, what with being gifted with a wheelchair by a local surgeon.

This was after community activists Dimo Seti and Xolani Dywili approached the medic-who wishes to remain anonymous- to relay the plight of the young girl.

Seti said they were touched by her suffering whenever she had to been taken to hospital for her check-ups.

“We did this as part of our women’s month activities. The doctor did not hesitate to buy the wheelchair when we approached him, but he asked to remain anonymous.

We want to thank him a lot, because Siphokazi really needed the wheelchair. Her family will now be able to move her around,” Seti said.

Aunt Nokhanyile Pokolo said the family was pleased with the donation.

“We are very happy, because it was a big challenge for us to carry her when she had to go anywhere. Her father (Ayanda Qhara) had to carry her around, and she is so heavy. That was so worrying, because he also also suffers from epilepsy. The wheelchair is going to be a big relief to us,” Pokolo said.

Rululu senior had to quit work because of his chronic epilepsy.

,His wife Nomveliso Rululu, a restaurant worker and their youngest daughter, Slindokuhle,7, take turns looking after father and daughter, which can be a daunting task.

Vivian Zilo, a community developer and founder of Iliso Care Society, in the area, also donated groceries to the Rululu family on the day.

The benevolence also extended to another destitute woman on the day, as she also received donations of food and household stuff that day.

She pleaded to remain anonymous.

The woman also received a wheelchair, thanks to the efforts of both Seti and Dywili.

Zilo said activists have been making a difference in people’s lives since 2005.

“This is our job. To ensure that we come to help those who are in need.

We are a carrying society. We want to contribute in making positive changes in the lives of residents,” Zilo said. Zilo also pleaded with businesses in the area to come on board and assist where they can

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