Nosicelo buried after donation

2018-09-20 06:00
Family members and community members gathered at Nosicelo’s shack to mourn her death. Sitting from left: Moses Mtalatala, Khayakazi Mtalatala, Nokhebile Mpiringane, community leader Nomawethu Bangelo, Xoliswa Dudumashe and Bonginkosi Madikizela, leader of the DA in the Western Cape, also MEC for Human Settlement .PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Family members and community members gathered at Nosicelo’s shack to mourn her death. Sitting from left: Moses Mtalatala, Khayakazi Mtalatala, Nokhebile Mpiringane, community leader Nomawethu Bangelo, Xoliswa Dudumashe and Bonginkosi Madikizela, leader of the DA in the Western Cape, also MEC for Human Settlement .PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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For most, R5000 might seem a drop in the ocean when it comes to paying for a funeral, but for the Mtalatala family, they have reason to be happy with the amount.

For, it allowed the bereaved family to transport a deceased family member to Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape.

The family, who reside in the Thabo Mbeki settlement, has been struggling to raise funds for the burial of Nosicelo Mtalatala, since her passing on 4 September.

But after the intervention of Bonginkosi Madikizela provincial leader of the Democratic Alliance(DA), as well as provincial Human Settlement MEC, the family was able to repatriate and bury the deceased last Saturday.

Nosicelo died in hospital after sustaining serious fire burns last August. Her child Oyintando,3, and her niece Kungawo,4, survived the incident. The three were asleep in their shack when the fire broke out.

Touched by the family’s plight during the aftermath, Madikizela decided to donate R5000 towards the funeral.

Moses Mtalatala, an uncle, said the family felt relieved(after the donation).

Thanking Madikizela, Mtalatala described his niece as a “humble and soft spoken person.”

Buzwe Kali, a community leader, described the family as indigent.

“They(have) lost everything in that fire, and none of them is employed,” he said.

“We went around asking for assistance and the minister was one of the people we requested help from,” said Kali.

Madikizela said he donated the money In his personal capacity.

“I want to emphasise that I’m donating the money as an individual .... I don’t want to create the impression that the Department of Human Settlements is burying deceased people.”

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