Help for destitute teenager

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

The mention of Sowetan columnist Lucky Mazibuko at Orlando Police Station in Soweto prompted swift action to help his desperately homeless namesake this week.

Originally from Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal, the 21-year-old Lucky Mazibuko landed at the police station after saying he was tired of living on the streets and said he needed help.

At the mention of his name, a police social worker remembered Sowetan's Mazibuko who is also a popular Jozi FM talkshow host where he offers advice on HIV-Aids and other related issues.

Social worker Tiny Shezi immediately called and asked him if he was related to the KwaZulu-Natal younger Mazibuko. He was not.

The young man said he arrived in Johannesburg in June last year after his foster family chased him away. He said that after his foster mother, Nomusa Shongwe, died, his family did not think he should be with them any longer.

He went to live with another relative of the Shongwes but after a misunderstanding he also sent him packing.

"When I was still very young my mother, Jelta Mazibuko, took me to my grandmother and never returned. Soon after that my grandmother died in her sleep."

Mazibuko went to school only as far as Grade 8. He thought he would find work in Johannesburg. He appeared neat and clean for a homeless person who begged for food.

Shezi said she would help him find accommodation at an accredited shelter such as the Salvation Army.