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Nthabisang Moreosele

Nthabisang Moreosele

A heartfelt plea from a teenager sent Mama Angel scurrying along the narrow alleys of Alexandra township to lend assistance.

Mama Angel received a letter from Siyabulela Mokebe, 13, who wrote about the family's struggle since their mother died in April.

The mother died in childbirth and her twin sons survived. The handsome pair are now four months old and are thriving.

They have stolen the hearts of many of the women who live in the 23 rooms and shacks in the yard. An arrangement according to which a neighbour was to look after the twins fell through when their father lost his job.

There are five children living with their father in a one-room shack.

Simphiwe, 15, the eldest child, said: "When our mother died things started going wrong. My father lost his job and he now relies on piece jobs."

Mama Angel came laden with baby food, groceries and clothes for the children.

"Thank you," said a composed Siyabulela.

He said he went to the youth centre for tutoring in English so he could write the letter to Mama Angel.

He explained that while they could scrounge for food, the babies had a problem. They cannot eat food for grown-ups. He appealed for help to buy milk and cereal for the babies.

The Thusong Youth Centre, which the children attend for karate and extra lessons, has sprung into action and will help the family.

Thusong director Beauty More said: "We learnt from Siyabulela about the family's plight over the weekend.

"We knew that their mother had died because her funeral was held here at the centre. But we did not know about the extent of the family's problems.

"We have given them groceries and blankets, but we did not fully understand what they are going through," More said.

She said the father was struggling to access child grants because he used a different surname to that of his children.

She would ask social workers to help sort out the problem.

"We will ask the government to give the family an RDP house. The five children, their father and a helper for the twins live in one tiny room."


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