I wish gangsters would kill us - barely coping mother


We speak to mother of three, Nomahlubi Mbulu, from Crossroads, Cape Town. She says she can no longer cope with taking care of her two severely disabled children. Watch.

Mbulu has a 13-year-old daughter who has autism and epilepsy, a 17-year-old daughter with no disabilities and a 21-year-old son with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. She says she wants to commit her 13-year-old to a care facility because she does not have the skills or energy to take care of her.

Mbulu says her 13-year-old daughter can go multiple nights in a row without sleeping, regularly eats her own faeces and needs to constantly be watched. The only relief the mother of three gets, is for two weeks each year when her daughter gets admitted to Lentegeur Hospital.

Mbulu's daughter is currently at Lentegeur Hospital, she hopes that she can leave her daughter there permanently.

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The frustrated mother says she has personally asked Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for help, but both have not delivered on their promises to help take care of her and her family. "They are all liars," Mbulu says of the two officials.

News24 has reached out to Dlamini and Ramaphosa for comment, but has not yet received a response.

Mbulu receives R3,300 each month in government grants to take care of her and her children. She tells us this is simply not enough to tend to her children's needs and put food on the table. The 48-year-old mother says she is drowning in debt.

In a statement from Lentegeur hospital they said that Mbulu left her youngest daughter at Lentegeur hospital on April 18 without agreed upon admission. Bianca Carls, Lentegeur Hospital communications officer said, "we would however like to clarify that, once a patient is discharged from a hospital or clinic and returns to their home in the community, the responsibility of care is then on the family. This is the case for all patients, irrespective of their condition and/or diagnosis."  

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How you can help:

  • Make a donation into Mbulu's personal account: Capitec, 1181135298
  • Drop off clothing at the GroundUp office on any weekday (9am to 4pm) between now and Wednesday 18 May. Please make sure clothing is in at least a packet and clean. They will take the donated clothes to her on Thursday 19 May. The address is Suite 08SB, 1st floor, South Block, Tannery Park, 21 Belmont Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700
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