One 29-year-old woman, Sibongile Ndlovu by name has benefited from the kind-heartedness of the Holiness Union Church’s pastor Maria Sekwane. The pastor donated a five-room apartment to Ndlovu, a mother of three, in commemoration of Child Protection Week. Presenting the apartment, Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, thanked pastor Maria Sekwane for showing kindness to the mother of three.
However, Boponane kindly advised Ndlovu to alleviate poverty in her family by desisting from having more babies. According to the deputy minister, should Ndlovu take in again, she won’t be able to cater for the child since she is apparently poor and unemployed. “Sibongile, this is your home, mostly it’s the children’s home that you got today. You already have three children, don’t get pregnant again because you’re unemployed.
As the department we’re trying to combat poverty, so if you have more children you’re piling up poverty, Bogopane-Zulu said.
The minister also asked her to refrain from bringing in men, who would end up controlling and abusing her children into the apartment. “Again, most of the time our black women have a tendency where after a house is donated, we will then see a beard [a man] ruling the house and abusing your children.
We don’t want to see a man here who’ll disrespect or abuse your children. “So if you happen to have a man, please take him outside or build a shack somewhere and be there with him.” Reacting, Ndlovu, expressed happiness for the kind gesture extended towards her and her kids by pastor Sekwane.
She said she would no longer wake up at night to make sure the children are safe in the rainy season as before. “Nights of suffering are over now. Thank you, Pastor Maria Sekwane,” happy Ndlovu said. Meanwhile, Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini has revealed that the Zuma-led administration has an obligation of ensuring that children are protected through social assistance program.
Dlamini also stated that more than Sixteen Million Nine Hundred and Fifty South Africans are beneficiaries of social grants. Speaking at the ‘Child Protection Week’ launch in Braakspruit, the minister added that, not fewer than 12 million SA kids are social grant beneficiaries. In addition, President Zuma is willing to do more for SA kids.