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Girl's dream comes true

By Mhlaba Memela | Dec 11, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE courageous action of an 8-year-old girl from the Lindelani informal settlement north of Durban has brought joy to her family.

THE courageous action of an 8-year-old girl from the Lindelani informal settlement north of Durban has brought joy to her family.

Her family received a fully furnished home, school uniforms and food from provincial government officials.

Fed up with living in fear of criminals, Minenhle Qwabe told the horrific story of her family's plight on a piece of paper and sent it to a local newspaper and radio station.

Her troubles caught the attention of KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize and MEC for social development Meshack Radebe after it was broadcast on SABC 1's Zola 7 show.

Minenhle said she wrote the letter because she wanted a "normal and happy life for herself and her family".

"I could not take anymore of the suffering at the hands of thugs," Minenhle said.

The family were repeatedly victimised and terrorised while living in the Lindelani informal settlement near KwaMashu township.

In the letter Minenhle wrote that her sister and cousins had repeatedly been victimised and that they were homeless.

She appealed for help. She explained how she, her sister aged 6 and her cousins aged 9 and 10 were dumped by their mothers on the doorstep of their grandmother, Neli Qwabe, 47.

Yesterday Mkhize and Radebe, accompanied by businessman Sydney Pandarum, visited Minenhle and her family and handed them the keys to their new home in Savannah Park in Pinetown.

Pandarum extended a government low-cost house to accommodate the rest of the family and also provided furniture.

"I am so happy that we have a safe home. They will not attack us anymore, Minenhle said "We can now go to school like other normal children."

Her grandmother shed tears of joy when she was taken into the fully furnished home with her grandchildren.

"I do not know what to say, but I appreciate what has been done to bring back my dignity after many years of suffering," she sobbed.

Qwabe was removed from her marital home at Ngidwini in Eshowe 10 years ago. She was forced to move to Durban and live in the Lindelani informal settlement.

Mkhize said he was deeply touched by Minenhle's letter seeking help.

"We are grateful for the way the media highlighted the family's plight," Mkhize said,

"Building the nation is everyone's responsibility.

"It is a wonderful thing to demonstrate the partnership between the government, media and business."


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