Wish from a ‘hopeless’ woman

2015-04-30 16:41

Lilo Phumzile and her mother Florence Duma outside their house. 
photo: nompendulo ngubane

Lilo Phumzile and her mother Florence Duma outside their house. photo: nompendulo ngubane

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GETTING a low-cost home that will cater for her infliction is the wish of a 24-year-old woman who says she feels neglected and ignored.

Phumzile “Lilo” Duma has a big growth on her back and face, is paralysed and can only get around in a wheelchair.

Her cry for a better house is important to her and her 52-year-old mother, Florence­ Duma.

Despite filling in an application form and giving it to her councillor’s secretary last year, the family have not received a response to their request for a suitable home.

One of the people Florence claims to have spoken to in this regard is ward Councillor Mbuyiselwa Ngcobo.

Attempts to contact the councillor have continually failed.

“Getting a proper house would soften things and I know she will feel better. At the moment she curses the day she was born and she sees herself as a burden. The one room house we live in leaks when it rains and because of her condition, she sleeps on the floor. We use a pit toilet and that is a challenge as I have to carry her to the toilet outside and she is heavy and I have to be very careful how I carry her,” said Florence.

“I wish for a proper house that will cater­ for my special needs. I’m not asking for an expensive house, just something that will accommodate my needs. If there is anyone who can assist me in this regard, I will die in peace,” said the young lady when asked what she wished for.

Project manager for Vulindlela Development Association (VDA) Thembi Khuzwayo said there are structures in the community that should be contacted with regards to the Duma matter.

“As VDA our project covers the Emafakatini­ area, but there are channels that need to be followed.

“ Again with such cases, community structures, such as the ward councillor, care givers and ward committee members must be contacted so that people with special needs, such as Lilo, can be assisted,” said Khuzwayo

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