I just wanted to reach out - News24 user

2015-09-16 10:14
Mlungisi Ngongoma after the acid attack. (Supplied by SAPS)

Mlungisi Ngongoma after the acid attack. (Supplied by SAPS)

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Durban - When Peter Muller read about a 4-year-old Durban boy's cries for help after he had acid poured over him, the Johannesburg businessman it was time to do something.

"I thought to myself, how could someone do that to a child? I was sad that he died and I thought I could send the family money to assist them with whatever they may need," said Peter Muller, 38, who lives in Woodmead.

On July 30, someone entered the Mansel Road, Durban, flat Ntokozo Nzuza, 34, shared with her cousin, Mlungisi Ngongoma, 4, and threw acid on them as they slept.

Nzuza died on September 1 and Ngongoma two weeks ago. He was buried on Saturday. Police were still searching for the killers.

Muller said when he read that Ngongoma cried, "Mama, please pour cold water over me, I am burning", he felt helpless.

'I just wanted to reach out'

"I am aware that there are people struggling out there, but we are so cocooned in our lives that we forget that. I just wanted to reach out," he said about his donation to the family.

When Ngongoma’s mother, Gugu Ngongoma, 24, heard about Muller’s gesture, she was delighted.

"We really appreciate the help," she said.

Meanwhile, another News24 user and her neighbours collected clothes for the Eastern Cape couple whose four children were killed in a bus crash.

Ntaba Mbane, 74, said his children were among 53 people killed when their bus went off a cliff on the R408, between Butterworth and Willowvale, on August 29.

A 41-year-old mother of four from Glenhazel, Johannesburg, who asked to remain anonymous, promised to help the family by donating clothes and R500 every month for a year.

"I have got a lot of clothes nearly ready to be sent and I have an address for the family. We are so excited to have had the chance to do this," she said.

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