NKANDLA, SOUTH AFRICA, March 10– President Jacob Zuma says South Africans should not keep quite if they see their neigbours living in appalling conditions and has called on communities to report to the government if they see their neighbours living in dire situations.
Zuma admitted that there are still a number of South Africans who are still living in abject poverty, and says it is in this context that the Jacob Zuma Foundation also wants to do its bit in helping the needy.
The president was speaking during the handing over of two fully furnished houses built for two destitute families in Nkandla and Ntumeni on the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal Province over the weekend. The two houses have been built by the Foundation.
Among the beneficiaries is the Mbambo family of four orphans who lost their parents a couple of years ago. One of orphans recently got a job as an educator after completing her degree for which her studies were also paid for by the Jacob Zuma Education Trust.
The family has been living in a dilapidated one-room house for a number of years.
Another beneficiary is pensioner Dumsani Magwaza whose house was struck by lightning three years ago. The two families could not contain their happiness as the President handed over their houses.
The President also called on businesses to assist the Foundation in order to reach many people who do not have a shelter over their heads.