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Gran's prayers finally heard

By unknown | Sep 26, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

A destitute grandmother who stays in a dilapidated house in Verulam, north of Durban, will die a happy woman.

Khombisile Makhoba, 92, shot into the spotlight after she lost her 60-year-old son whose body has been lying in a mortuary for the past four months.

She could not afford to bury him, prompting government officials to come to her rescue after her plight was published in Sowetan.

The office of KwaZulu-Natal premier S'bu Ndebele offered to bury her son Myekeni.

His office went further yesterday by sending its chief director of human rights, Nonhlanhla Mkhize, to do a fact finding mission after seeing the conditions under which Makhoba lives.

Mkhize was almost in tears after seeing Makhoba's situation.

"Besides building a house for her we will help with the burial of her son," Mkhize said.

"We will ensure that after the funeral she gets a safe home in a safe place. We will be not doing justice to an elderly person if we do not move her.

"She does not deserve to stay in such a place," she said.


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