Ubuntu rescues disabled man

2018-06-28 06:00
Sibusiso Menze sitting on his new wheelchair while members of Ubuntu Bethu with PR councillor Thulani Stemela look on.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Sibusiso Menze sitting on his new wheelchair while members of Ubuntu Bethu with PR councillor Thulani Stemela look on.PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Nomzamo Menze from Samora Machel became emotional when her nephew received a new wheelchair from Ubuntu Bethu disabled organisation last Friday.

About two wheelchairs and two walking frames were donated to the organisation by proportional representation councillor Thulani Stemela.

Members of Ubuntu Bethu, together with Stemela surprised a bedridden Sibusiso Menze (30) to hand over the wheelchair.

Sibusiso’s aunt Nomzamo could not hold back tears when she saw her nephew sitting on the wheelchair.

“I don’t know what to say. I am pleading with to God to keep you. You saved me, you saved Sibusiso. He was struggling to move around because he cannot walk. It was difficult for him even to sit in the sun. He was always lying in bed,” she sobbed.

Nomzamo said she doesn’t know what happened to her nephew.

“Sibusiso used to stay in Green Point. We found him in Groote Schuur in 2011, two years later and he had lost all his talking abilities.”

She added that could not find compelling answers to his previous vagrancy.

“The last time I saw him, it was during his mother’s funeral in 2007 and after that he disappeared until we found him in hospital.

“We have to feed and bathe him. He is unable even to go to the toilet, as we have to carry him up,” said Nomzamo.

She said she will be able to push him whenever he visits the clinic for his appointments­.

Founder of Ubuntu Bethu Mzikayise Ndzuzo said his organisation worked with the elderly and disabled people.

“We have volunteers who are passionate about serving the community. Our volunteers are doing outreach programs, identifying vulnerable people.

“We visit them in their homes and to assist them with taking their medication.

“We sometimes assist them with cleaning their houses and cook for them,” said Ndzuzo­.

He said they are also working with Samora Machel Primary School, teaching learners dance, music, poetry and with after school soccer coaching clinics.

He said their aim is to bring back the concept of Ubuntu and human dignity.

Stemela applauded the organisation for the great work they do in the community.

“I will ensure that they get the proper training that they need and link them to the MEC for Health NomaFrench Mbombo and see if they can’t work with her,” he said.


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