New house for dead Coligny teenager’s family
THE family of Matlhomola Moshoue, the teenager who died after allegedly stealing sunflowers on a farm in Coligny, will soon be home owners as the government will fulfill its promise of building a house for them.
A sod-turning ceremony led by Ditsobotla local municipality mayor Daniel Buthelezi takes place today to signal the start of construction of a home for the family.
The Department of Human Settlements and nonprofit organisation Gift of the Givers have joined forces to build a house for the Moshoue family, who have been living in a shack at Scotland informal settlement.
Badr Khazi, head of government and corporate affairs at Gift of the Givers, said Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu had committed her department to building a house for the Moshoue family in her budget vote speech in Parliament in May and the organisation felt they had to assist.
“We heard that the family lived in unpleasant conditions and felt we had to intervene because our organisation is based on helping the vulnerable.
It is our duty to look after our neighbours, as the spirit of ubuntu is part of our African culture,” Khazi said.
“As Gift of the Givers, we are committed to helping others so we will not be focusing only on the Moshoue family but the whole Scotland informal settlement to see how we can help improve the lives of those living in the area.
“A team from our side has visited the area to assess the family’s home and community as a whole to see what they need,” he said.
Khazir emphasised the importance of helping each other as communities, saying people needed to assist each other at all times.
PROMISED: Matlhomola Moshoue’s parents, Agnes Moshoue and Saki Dingake will soon be home owners.