Disabled woman’s life changes

2016-07-22 06:00
At the handover of the house (from left) ward councillor Sibongiseni Baba, Mathsidiso Thani and MEC Helen Sauls-August. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

At the handover of the house (from left) ward councillor Sibongiseni Baba, Mathsidiso Thani and MEC Helen Sauls-August. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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A DISABLED woman from Mateleng village outside Matatiele received a three-room house from the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements last Thursday. Mathsidiso Thani (74), burnt her foot when she was three years old, resulting­ in her being unable properly.

The unemployed Thani lost her parents and her child years ago and was forced to live in a shack because she had no place to “hide” herself and two grandchildren.

Thani’s shack was a nightmare to live in.

“On rainy days I had to put containers on my bed to catch the water so it wouldn’t wet my blankets.”

In the village 27 houses were
given to poor people, part of the 500 that were given to Thaba-Chicha
villagers this month.

Ward councillor Sibongiseni
Baba said the village is in the
Drakensberg and has no electricity.

“At the moment people are using solar systems for cooking and lights. Poverty is high and most people depend on social grants.”

MEC of Human Settlements
Helen Sauls-August said government is aware that there are people who live in poor conditions.

A neighbour Manapu Thani (66), told Fever that Thani’s living situation was known to everyone in the village, but they couldn’t help because of their own poverty.

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