40-year-old police officer, Sergeant Matome Rathupetsane celebrated his birthday on 30 May by donating 80 food parcels to disadvantaged families.
COVID-19 has exposed just how poverty stricken some families are in the country, in a way that has shocked many.
Families who have nothing to eat are relying on good Samaritans such as Matome to lend a helping hand for them not to go hungry. Being able to do this, has brought joy to the officer.
Speaking to DRUM Matome says he is happy that he was able to make a difference.
“There are people who really have nothing to eat especially during this time. We always see people struggling so it was good to help those in need,” he says.
Matome lives in Alexandra and works at the Sandringham Police Station but is originally from Ramotshinyadi Village in Tzaneen.
“With the help of people, I asked to donate, we identified families that were struggling and had nothing to eat,” he adds.
Forty families in Alexandra and others back at home in his village. He warns that those who get donations from people to do good and donate to the less fortunate should be honest and make sure that what they have asked for reaches people donations are meant for.
“We can all make difference in someone’s life. Just a simple good deed can really change people’s lives. I am so happy and glad I could help,” he says.