New house for dead Coligny teenager’s fam­ily

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - North West News - NTHUSANG LEFAFA

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.

– News­note

PROMISED: Matl­ho­mola Moshoue’s par­ents, Agnes Moshoue and Saki Din­gake will soon be home own­ers.

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