Family in distress gets help

2016-01-28 06:00
Mr Ebrahim, businessman who donated some grocery, Bongile Ngcali, chairperson for Sanco Kuyasa branch, grandchildren who lost their mother and Nozanazo Gawulayo, during the handover of the grocery, in Kuyasa, on Monday.

Mr Ebrahim, businessman who donated some grocery, Bongile Ngcali, chairperson for Sanco Kuyasa branch, grandchildren who lost their mother and Nozanazo Gawulayo, during the handover of the grocery, in Kuyasa, on Monday.

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Community leaders and local businesses gave a helping hand to the grieving pensioner in Kuyasa, Khayelitsha, on Monday.

Bongile Ngcali, chairperson for Sanco Kuyasa branch, with his comrades approached local businesses to make grocery donations to Nozanazo Gawulayo, 64, after they leant about her touching situation.

Gawulayo is grieving the death of her daughter, Bongiwe Gawulayo, 34, who died at the Tygerberg hospital, last Monday.

The deceased left behind four children and their father is said to be a rolling stone.

The gogo’s other daughter, Xoliswa Gawulayo, 40, who was in the same hospital together with the deceased, was discharged few days ago.

City Vision found her in bed when visited her home on Tuesday and she is still battling on for her life.

The only son that Gawulayo has, Masithandane Gawulayo, 37, is mentally unstable and he has left home for streets.

One of her grandchildren, whose father died few years ago, lives with disabilities and is getting care at Stikland Hospital.

Ngcali said he had a sleepless night after he became aware of Gawulayo’s situation.

“I was informed by street committee members about the problem that she is facing. I was very touched when I visited her. She is in a dire situation. I am now happy that the businesses that we approached for assistance. I could not sleep after I learnt about her situation,” he said.

Gawulayo could not hold her tears when speaking about her situation on Tuesday.

“I am in a big problem here. I do not know what to do.

I have to take care of all the grandchildren and Xoliswa. Masithandane suffers a mental illness and he does not want to come back home. I am depended on my pension grant. I would like to thank those who helped me with the grocery. I am still facing a challenge of making funeral arrangements. I will feel better if I can bury her,” Gawulayo said.

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