Kofumani (72) receives new wheelchair

2019-10-10 06:01
Rachel Kofumani sitting in her new wheelchair. DA MP and Khayelitsha head of constituency Noko Masipa (light shirt) and DA proportional representation councillor Khayalethu Nethi (wearing a hat) and other community members are standing behind her.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Rachel Kofumani sitting in her new wheelchair. DA MP and Khayelitsha head of constituency Noko Masipa (light shirt) and DA proportional representation councillor Khayalethu Nethi (wearing a hat) and other community members are standing behind her.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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A 72-year-old Khayelitsha woman, Rachel Kofumani, couldn’t hold her tears back when she received a new wheelchair from members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) at Elukhanyisweni Centre on Thursday 3 October.

The party described the handover as a fulfilment of its promises during the elections campaign earlier this year.

Kofumani expressed her gratitude to the organisation and described the wheelchair as a special gift. “Now I’ll be able to move around and my grandchildren will push me when I’m going to the clinic to get my medication. I was struggling to walk with crutches because I was getting tired quickly and my legs are painful,” she said.

Kofumani, who also has a vision problem, said she has been on crutches for nearly five years.

DA member of parliament and head of Khayelitsha Constituency, Noko Masipa, said they were made aware of Kofumani’s conditions by some members of the Makukhanye soup kitchen. “We felt it is important to respond as soon as possible. We believe that Mama Rachel’s life will change for the better. Now she will be able to move around in her house and even sit in the sun,” said Masipa

Makukhanye Soup Kitchen project manager Nondumiso Kope said she knows Kofumani for many years as they are staying in the same street. “Mama used to come to my house to ask for something to eat before she takes her tablets. When I started my soup kitchen two months ago she was one of the first people that came to my mind,” she said. Kope said she asked one of DA leaders to assist Kofumani with a wheelchair because she was struggling to walk. “I’m glad she received it because her situation used to hurt me a lot,” she stated.

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