'Ending my life is my only option'

2015-10-03 12:02
Paulina Majeke speaking about her life and desire to kill herself. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Paulina Majeke speaking about her life and desire to kill herself. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - A woman from Soshanguve who lives in a cracked RDP house was stopped by locals from committing suicide, after she said she could no longer cope with her hardships.

Paulina Majeke, 57, who lives in a RDP house in Soshanguve’s ward 37 says she is living on prayers as she watches the walls of her house crack.

The unemployed woman who says she has been asking for help for many years with little success has thrown in the towel.

“What is the point of living? I have no food in my house and I have no money to do anything. I wanted to drink rat poison and end my life of pain and sorrow,” she told News24.

She was stopped by neighbours from drinking the poison but says she has lost all hope.

"I have been praying and asking for help for too long. It's better I just die. A person can't live like this. This can't be life," she said.

A very emotional and down Majeke told News24 that she had reached a point where praying no longer seemed like it was working. She added that she felt rejected and did not want to be a burden on anyone.

"I can't live my life on handouts. People also have responsibilities, families and their own problems that they have to look at. All I ever wanted was a normal life," she said. 

Cracked house

The cracks on the walls started shortly after the house was completed in 2008.

“It started cracking when they were making the roof and plastering the house. I'm scared to be living in this house but I don't have much of a choice because I have nowhere else to go. This is the only house I have. I pray every night to God to protect me until someone can assist me."

Majeke has been living in Soshanguve since 1999.

“I’m now left alone in the house. My child who was born in 1992 decided to leave after seeing the cracks as he feared for his life. My cracked house has left me destitute."

She has no electricity, and no longer gets a social grant.

“I don't have electricity. I don't have an electricity box in my house. I use a paraffin stove to cook and use candles to light up my cracked house. In June my Sassa (South African Social Security Agency) card was terminated,” said Majeke.


She added that it was painful for her to watch people collect their grants and buy groceries as she wished to do the same.  

Locals told News24 that Majeke was mentally challenged and received a social grant based on her mental state.

Thomas Huma from Sassa said the reason her card was suspended was because it was being revaluated to see if she still qualified for the grant due to her mental health.

“In the meantime, she deserves social relief of distress while pending the revaluation,” he said.

Social relief of distress is a temporary grant of assistance. 

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