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55-year-old Komani granny receives new home from SAPS

Jul 20, 2018
55-year-old Komani granny receives new home from SAPS

A selfless act of a very dedicated, patriotic and passionate police officers, a councillor and Community Policing Forum members ended blissfully when a 55-year-old Gogo, Nozibonele Dastile, opened and stepped into a fully furnished and newly built four roomed house.

The Dastile family were officially ushered in their new home on Thursday in Ntabethemba, Komani, as part of the celebration of late former President, Nelson Mandela's Centenary.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni, the Granny and her family had been living in a two-roomed house with fourteen children. The old house was crammed and not the safest for human habitation.

The Department of Human Settlement provided a temporary structure while the team of builders worked tirelessly.

"Within a month and two weeks, a brick and mortar structure was erected by Khathangana and Cst Njemla, who worked side by side to build the house and not expecting a direct reward," he said.

Major General Phathekile, the Queenstown former Cluster Commander, who turned the sod to signal the beginning of the construction was at pains explaining the sacrifices and various contributions by the organising team from the builders and stations that committed themselves when they were requested to donate building material in support of this collaborative initiative.

This A team was hauled to the front to much fanfare and applause during the official handover attended by Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Ntshinga accompanied by her Provincial Deputies Maj Gen Swart and Dyantyi, Traditional Authority delegation led by Chief Hinana, Representatives from Department of Safety and Liaison, GCIS, Sassa, Provincial CPF and SAPS Provincial and Cluster Heads.

"The local business donated building material from local businesses who went out of their way to donate all the required material including the furniture. Major General Phathekile was at pains explaining the sacrifices and various contributions by the organising team that included the builders and stations that committed themselves when they were requested to donate building material in support of this collaborative initiative. The team was hauled to the front to much fanfare and applaud," Capt Tonjeni said.

"Mr Sikwebu, representing the Provincial Department of Safety Transport and Liaison noted that through events like this, it can be noted that the spirit of Mandela Day is growing and the spirit of helping the one next to you is also increasing. He expressed his approval wishing that this kind of act not only happen during Mandela Day only but becomes our way of life for South Africans.

"The event was vibrant and highly interactive with various items of entertainment by the Provincial Saps Band, Engcobo Saps Traditional dancers, local poets and Primary School Choir who each performed splendidly."

Provincial CPF Chairman, Glen Gwetha, expressed his delight at what was achieved by the CPF in this area.

"What you have done will also be known in the national office," he quipped.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Ntshinga, began by asking a simple question, "What is a police?"

"Today, we have come to show that police are humans and can be touched when they see certain situations. Building this house has allowed us to prevent various types of crime that could have happened to this family," she said.

"Through our internal organizations like Women's Network who sometimes take out of their pockets to help whenever they see a situation that needs to be changed we have done a lot.

"We pledge to continue to serve you people of Ntabethemba through the Community Police Forums. As we see today, if CPF did not come and identify this home we could have not known about this destitute family."

She also used this opportunity to mobilise the people to work with traditional authority to eliminate crime in our communities.

The Provincial Commissioner ended her speech with handing over certificates of appreciation to the team that worked tirelessly to ensure that this venture is successful and a heap of groceries was given to the family.

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