Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This 79-year-old grandmother who cops found living in a one-room shack with her five grandchildren has now been given a three-bedroom house by the authorities as part of South Africa’s Day of the Police.
The grandmother named Sisana Muad Mbinambina from Motherwell in the Eastern Cape in South Africa was living with her daughter and five grandchildren aged between 6 and 11 years old in the small one-room shack.
According to local media, the police discovered the 79-year-old living in the cramped shack that was a safety hazard for the whole family during routine stop-and-search operations. The cops saw the family had to cook, sleep and live in the small and restricted space.
The cops added in a statement: “There is no privacy and proper ventilation therefore if the house catches fire there will be dire consequences. Ablution facilities are outside the house and this poses a risk for the elderly pensioner and her family as they can become victims of crime should they need to use the facility during the night.”
Mbinambina’s family was nominated to receive the gift of a new house as part of the South African Police Service’s National Excellence Awards.
A statement read “Crimes against women, children and vulnerable groups which includes the elderly are a priority for the SA Police Service, therefore this family’s safety is of the utmost importance and we always strive to rather prevent violence before it occurs.”
On 27th January the South African Police Service is celebrating the Day of the Police and as part of a series of activities and events the family received their new home yesterday (Sunday).
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