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Family 'fed-up' with mom who walked out on her children

By unknown | Oct 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zinhle Mapumulo

Zinhle Mapumulo

Three weeks have passed since Khangezile Qolotela walked out the door, leaving her children aged two years and nine years alone in her Pimville, Soweto, home.

And she has done it before.

Qolotela apparently told her children that she was going to town to buy groceries and would be back.

Relatives and neighbours have had to take care of her two boys while searching for her.

Tselane Rantsho, her sister-in-law, said they had tried in vain to find Qolotela.

She said that when they phoned her she swore at them and told them to mind their own business.

When Sowetan visited the boys, nine-year-old Ali was at school but his brother, two-year-old Nkosinathi, was in a state of neglect.

His clothes were dirty and reeked of urine.

Oblivious of the drama around him, he smiled innocently as he was being photographed.

"I do not know what to do with the children anymore. I cannot afford to take care of them financially and physically. Khangezile needs to come back and care for her children," Rantsho said.

"Some people say she is in Hillbrow and others claim she is at a Benoni hostel."

Rantsho said she was "forced" to go and live with Nkosinathi and Ali. But she was "fed up" of always having to look after the children while Qolotela "gallivants in town".

"This is not the first time that she has abandoned Nkosinathi and Ali," she said.

"She did the same thing three months ago after having another baby.

"Soon after giving birth in June she disappeared, only to come back in August without the child.

"We reported her to the police who discovered that she took the baby to the social services people," said Rantsho.


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