Buthelezi funds elderly

2015-12-10 06:00
Noncedo Nkqintamo, the founder of the centre welcoming Buthelezi Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the president of IFP, in Langa, on Thursday. PHOTOs: Mandla Mahashe

Noncedo Nkqintamo, the founder of the centre welcoming Buthelezi Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the president of IFP, in Langa, on Thursday. PHOTOs: Mandla Mahashe

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Langa’s senior citizens had a very memorable day when they were visited by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi during a Christmas event held in their honour last Thursday in Langa.

Buthelezi, the president of Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), was warmly welcomed by dozens of elders as he visited Noncedo Nkqintamo Adult Care and HIV/Aids Centre.

But the senior citizens came from as far as Bonteheuwel, Gugulethu, New Crossroads and Nyanga.

Buthelezi said he had come to listen to the wisdom of the elders, their concerns and also criticism.

“One of the reasons we support this centre is its tenacity to pursuing its goal of improving the quality of life for vulnerable people. She keeps working, serving and giving. She is among the quiet heroes who make South Africa great,” Buthelezi said.

One of the projects of the centre is to work with those who live with HIV/Aids-which brought back painful memories for esteemed guest as he told the senior citizens about the loss of his two children to the disease.

“As a father, I can tell you of my grief when I buried two of my children who had succumbed to HIV/Aids. I lost both a son and a daughter to this disease. I can tell you that sickness doesn’t respect anyone,” he added.

He also raised his unhappiness about the state of services that clinics and hospitals provide and he said they are “not well funded and people have to wait far too long for the care they need.”

He said his party, the IFP has been supporting the centre for the past few years now.

Last year, the late Ben Skosana, who was an IFP Member of Parliament, had been tasked with visited the centre at this time of the year.

Noncedo Nkqintamo, the founder of the centre, thanked the party for their continued support.

Buthelezi donated R10 000 on the day to the centre.

“I am so happy today that the president of the IFP came personally, he gives us funds every year to buy food. He digs from his own pocket so we can cook for you,” Nkqintamo said. Elinah Mili, 82, from a senior club in New Crossroads, said it was a beautiful day for them.

“I am seeing him(Buthelezi) for the first time. He looks very handsome. Indeed, it is a very beautiful day for us,” Mili said.

The centre provides sustainable development programs and works with the elderly, support groups and the vulnerable.

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