Duo given a lifeline with wheels

Jali’s family together with PR councillor Thulani Stemela during the wheelchair handoverPHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE
Jali’s family together with PR councillor Thulani Stemela during the wheelchair handoverPHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

The Jali family in Brown’s Farm was elated as the City of Cape Town donated wheelchairs to their disabled members.

The wheelchairs were given to siblings Nomandla,32, and Nokuthula,27, who are both disabled.

Their mother, Nomaphike Jali,68, said the gift of the wheelchairs, although a surprise will bring relief to the beneficiaries.

“They will make a difference because they are struggling to walk around. And now they will be able to move around without bothering other people with assistance,” she said.

“Nomandla was born with a disability while her younger sister Nokuthula 27 became disabled when she was 13 years old ... Nokuthula grew a lump on the hip, which enlarged as time went by, rendering her legs weak,” she said.

Jali said Nokuthula once fell while she was trying to walk without crutches and the impact was so severe that her teeth were damaged, bending to the inside.

Jali, is a mother of four children and three grandchildren, with whom she resides in a shack.

Her brother stays in the same yard with his wife and four children, two of whom are mentally disturbed, like him.

“I have to look after my two disabled children and my brother, who is also mentally disturbed, and two of his children, who attend schools for handicapped learners at Siviwe School of Skills in Gugulethu and Khanya Primary School in Samora Machel, respectively.

“We survive on their grant, and only person working in odd job is my brother’s wife,” she said.

Ward councillor Thulani Stemela who donated the wheelchairs said they (wheelchairs) are from the mayor’s office in an effort to assist the family bring back their dignity.

“We know that the City is described as a Caring City. So we are showing that we don’t just talk but we also lend hand where it is needed,” he said.

Stemela assured the family that he would seek an audience with the MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela, to see if they can assist the family with finishing their house.

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