A CHRISTMAS TALE: NEIGHBOURS GATHER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILY

Kabelo Tlhabanelo

Mamokete Ngake, her daughter Palesa and her partner Thato Moeketsi are lucky to be alive! 

This is after they lost everything in a fire. But their neighbours made sure that the couple and their 3 year old girl had a place to call home before Christmas. 

On Reconciliation Day, the homeless family’s neighbours in Phase 6, Mangaung, gathered to rebuild a shack for the family and asked around the area for any clothing donations. 

Now the family say they will enjoy their Christmas in a new shack with new clothes, all thanks to the kind hearted residents in their community.

Mamokete, 30, told Scrolla.Africa: “I was sleeping with my partner and daughter when I suddenly saw the ball of fire surrounding our bed. I was confused but I knew that I had to wake my partner and daughter before we all burned inside our two-room shack. 

“We have no idea what could have been the cause of this mysterious and evil fire. But l am glad that no one died. It feels good to see that real neighbourliness still exists. I will take this as a Christmas and New Year present for me and family. God bless them all.”

The family say they were happy to receive help from neighbours like Bianca Mabuya. 

Bianca said: “We decided to leave our family on 16 December holiday and help the family in need. Another shack has been built after I initiated the idea of posting the tragic incident on Facebook. 

“I collected the items with my husband from people who offered to help in various places. The incident really brought up so many memories that I personally have experienced. They have received clothes, shoes, bed, couches, window and doors. The shack we have built is smaller than the previous one, but I think it is way better than being homeless.”

Photos: supplied by Bianca