New shoes bring joy

2015-06-10 06:01
JAPPIE MOOLMAN was all smiles when he bragged how he could now accompany his wife, Sophie, anywhere with his new shoes.    
Boipelo Mere

JAPPIE MOOLMAN was all smiles when he bragged how he could now accompany his wife, Sophie, anywhere with his new shoes. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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OOLMAN (55) can now accompany his wife, Sophie (60), to church and walk around independently after receiving his new pair of disability shoes at the Northern Cape Department of Health.

The disabled Jappie received the shoes on Friday (05/06) after having approached Express Northern Cape for assistance in getting the new pair of shoes.

The couple arrived at the Express Northern Cape offices two weeks ago out of anger of being sent from post to pillar. They were supposed to collect the new shoes in December 2014.

They were reportedly told that there were no shoes, even after the whole process of issuing a recommendation letter by the clinic and taking the measurements of his feet.

They were also angered by the departmental worker’s attitude in telling them that they had to pay in order to receive another pair of shoes. This was a first, as Jappie has been receiving shoes at no cost since a young age.

An enquiry from the newspaper regarding the delay in issuing the shoes resulted in the department’s promise to issue the shoes within the same week.

“He was due for another pair in May this year. The shoes, how- ever, have to be customised. The customisation is vital for the prevention of injuries,” stated Boipelo Sediti of Communications at the Department of Health in her response.

“Due to this customisation, he will receive his new pair of shoes this coming Friday.”

Before he got his shoes, the couple always had to walk side by side, with Jappie leaning on Sophie’s shoulder to balance due to the imbalance caused by his old worn out shoes.

The situation was also hazardous for Sophie, a cardiac patient, who cannot lift her husband in support. She had a heart transplant, which lands her in hospital constantly.

The old shoes were a cause of major discomfort and pain. The metal part continued to cause injuries as the nails cut into Jappie’ s skin. This caused him to get epileptic attacks.

According to Sophie, the frustrating part was that, because of Jappie’s disability, they could not buy him other shoes during the waiting period

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