Premier finds disabled boy alone at home

2012-03-14 15:11

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was on Wednesday called to a house in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, where a disabled child was left alone.

The child's aunt told the premier her sister left the child alone every day. The boy, whose age was not known, had not eaten for the past three days, she said.

The premier ordered the child be taken to hospital for medical attention. The mother was not around and could not be reached on her phone when her sister tried to call her.

Mokonyane was in Eldorado Park to assess the state of healthcare delivery. She also visited TB patients to encourage them to complete their treatment.

Mokonyane was accompanied by Gauteng health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe. She was expected to visit Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital later in the day.

  • Moi - 2012-03-14 15:27

    Absolutely tragic. That poor child.

      jandreleroux - 2012-03-14 16:23

      Yes truly a tragic case. In no way do I want to condone or justify this behaviour or pretend that the government is meeting their own goals, but is this not the wrong example to use to point out how the system fails? You can most probably find this in any society. Surely there are more relevant examples rather than using a very unique, albeit tragic case?

  • Cindyvanvuuren - 2012-03-14 15:41

    They need to jail the mother and not feed her for 3 days!

  • JudithNkwe - 2012-03-14 15:43

    If the child's aunt was around why wasn't she helping the child?

  • Peter - 2012-03-14 15:44

    Was the Premier driving her ML63 AMG?

  • Alan - 2012-03-14 15:46

    The mother has to go out to work to save money for food price hikes which are coming due to the F$#king tolls!!

  • Sechaba - 2012-03-14 15:52

    couldnt the aunt cook for the boy??? except taking him to hospital how is the premier going to help????

      Koos - 2012-03-14 15:54

      and who will pay that bill...... the tolls??

  • Liesbet - 2012-03-14 15:54

    Blerrie skande!

  • Nokuthula - 2012-03-14 15:56

    Why did it take for the Premier's visit for the aunt to seek help for the poor child?? she should have done something ages ago

  • Paula - 2012-03-14 16:13

    Why in Gods name is the aunt getting the blame....Was the aunty around or consulted when the child was concieved...That is the sadness with society quick to shift the blame onto innocent parties and the guilty parties gets away with it...What if the aunty has a job and finds it difficult herself tomanage.What if there is some sort of sibling rivalry and the sister does not want to intrude...Guilty parties are the mother and father lekker om kinders te maak maar agter hulle te kyk its to difficult and such incovenience..God please be the ultimate judge...Because depending on the government is hopeless....

      Nokuthula - 2012-03-14 18:24

      @ Paula everyone (uncle,aunt, neighbour, parent etc) who knew about this and didn't do anything to help this innocent child derseves to be blamed. I'm sure she's not the only one who knew about this but they turned a blind eye. We can just be grateful that the situation was attended to before it was too late.

  • Frank - 2012-03-14 16:14

    The poor kid will now probably die in hospital from a streptococcus infection.

  • Charmaine Paterson - 2012-03-14 16:21

    Perhaps the mother is working. She might have asked or paid someone to look after the child and they left the child alone. What if she was involved in an accident or fell ill? Why didn't the aunt take the child in? Finally, what did the Premier do to solve this situation?

  • emma.barrycox - 2012-03-14 17:42

    Its a very sad situation, but we don't have the full story to jump to conclusions is unfair.

  • sophia.barnes3 - 2012-03-15 02:38

    No premier just "happens" to visit a home. Security etc. etc. The question is what message did the premier hope to transmit through this "photo-opportunity"? I'll leave that for readers' decisions as to which way they vote. HOWEVER - It is the truth that the same thing happens in all countries in the world. It is an amazingly difficult challenge to look after these unfortunate children - it also costs a lot of money. Governments avoid it - they'll lay the blame everywhere/anywhere (Including on parents), but on themselves. In the long run, governments do respond to the voice of the electorate/people, which is exactly why this premier is trying to shape public opinion by her "coincidental" visit.

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