Sick man in need of help

The Rep - - NEWS - By Tem­bile Sgqolana

JACK­SON Ba­nana Klaas, 49, spends most of his time in bed af­ter re­cently be­ing ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal for pneu­mo­nia.

He lives in an RDP house with­out elec­tric­ity and strug­gles to make ends meet.

He used to work as a con­trac­tor in Queen­stown but was in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent in 1991 with the re­sul­tant in­juries pre­vent­ing him from work­ing.

“I went back to work but I did not last a sin­gle day be­cause of the pain, now I de­pend on gar­den jobs in or­der to get some­thing to eat,” he said.

When The Rep vis­ited his house on Mon­day, Klaas had fin­ished cook­ing a meal on a fire out­side his house and was pre­par­ing to light a wick in a Lucky Star tin which he uses as a light in his home. The house con­tains an old re­frig­er­a­tor, an old cup­board and a bed. He uses cloth­ing to close the bro­ken win­dow.

Klaas said re­cently there were peo­ple who re­ceived food parcels from the depart­ment of so­cial de­vel­op­ment but he was not on the list.

“I have never had elec­tric­ity and I think that con­tributed to my poor health as I spent five days in hospi­tal re­cently. I would love to get a job but not a job that will make me carry heavy things as I have a painful leg.”

Any­one able to as­sist can con­tact Tem­bile Sgqolana on (045) 839-4040.

Pic­ture: TEM­BILE SGQOLANA

NEED HELP: Jack­son Klaas in his home on Mon­day

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