Destitute man pleads for an ID

2018-07-26 06:01
Sinali Goduka flanked by ward 33 PR councillor Thulani Stemela and his neighbour Nompiliso Mfanco standing in front of his shack.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Sinali Goduka flanked by ward 33 PR councillor Thulani Stemela and his neighbour Nompiliso Mfanco standing in front of his shack.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Residents in Sweet Home, in Philippi have sent out an appeal to the community to assist Sinali Goduka in obtaining a new identity document to be able to receive his old-age-grant.

They say his identity document was taken by a family member, but was never returned.

Goduka is unemployed and survives by selling cupboards and scrap metal.

His neighbour, Nompiliso Mfaco, said Goduka has never been the same since the death of his wife.

“Tamkhulu suffers from depression since his wife passed on. There are times where he looses his memory. He doesn’t know his age. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis last year but recovered after treatment,” said Mfaco.

She said he does have a family in Philippi.

“Sometimes we cook and give him food because no one is looking after him. I saw his brother once when he visited him last year. Even when his brother visited, he came empty handed. We were happy when we saw City of Cape Town officials visiting him last week and fixed his shack.”

Ward 80’s Thulani Stemela, a proportional representative (PR) councillor, who was part of the team that renovated Goduka’s shack, said they heard about his plight through political activists in the ward. “We organised building material to refurbish his shack. We changed the whole roof and put new material because it was leaking during the rains. We bought him a bed, bedding, carpet and food parcels so he can eat,” said Stemela.

He said they did all the work on Mandela Day.

Stemela urged Goduka’s brother to bring back his identity documents so that he can be able to register for a grant.

Asked for his age, Goduka said he didn’t know.

He said sometimes he sleeps on an empty stomach. “Sometimes when I go to scrapyard to sell cupboards and steel I come back with R10 only,” he said.

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