WHEN the mother of five siblings died in 2015, life got tough for the kids – and it was going to get worse. Their home collapsed after heavy rain in February this year.
It was left to the oldest sibling, Thulisile Manzini (25), to look after the family in Marite Village, near Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. But she is unemployed and said she’s been told that if she wants help quickly, she will have to use sex.
Her application for a foster care grant was turned down when she visited the social development office. She wants to use the grant to look after her brothers and sisters, who range in age between six and 22.
“Now I am their mother and father. I thought that applying for a foster care grant would help us but still nothing is happening,” she said.
“Last year a man who works at the department of housing at the Bushbuckridge Municipality said in order for me to get everything fast, I must sleep with him. He wanted naked photos from me.
“He said he could see I was struggling and he was the only official who could push social workers to attend to my case.”
The SunTeam tried to get comment from Mpumalanga social development spokesman Ronnie Masilela, but he did not respond to our query.