A 41-year-old, yet-to-named woman from Siyabuswa A in Mpumalanga, recently
returned home with her new lover, packed her things and walked away from
her three children.
According to South Africa’s Daily Sun, her children aged 11, 7 and 5, were
left to look after themselves. They had no food and had no warm
clothing. At night, they slept hugging each other just to fight against
the biting cold. And this went on for about two months.
Weeks after their mum left and never
checked back on them, a concerned neighbour Gogo Ellie Skosana, who sees
the children wandering and begging for food, took them in.
“Each time I asked why their mum had not cooked for them, they simply said she was away,” the 62-year-old Skosana told the press, adding, “I assumed she was out looking for work, but later I realised I had not seen her in her yard for about two months.”
“So I questioned the kids further.”
According to Skosana, here’s what the eldest child said:
“The 11-year-old child said his mum came with her new lover and
took most of her things a long time ago and hadn’t returned since.
He said his mum already had a newborn baby with her lover and believed that was why she abandoned them.”
Upset by this, and the fact that the children do not go to school and had no clinic card, prompted her to take action.
“These kids have not attended school since last June.
They don’t even have clinic cards or birth certificates. I am not
related to them, but I could not sit back and watch them suffer like
“So I took them in.”
To confirm the children’s story, Daily Sun tracked down their mum,
and her excuse for leaving her children to survive on their own is
mind-boggling: she said she had nothing to offer them, hence resorting
to abandoning them.
“I can’t even look for a job because my ID vanished last year,” she said.
Meanwhile it is unclear if legal actions will be taken against her, the country’s Social
development spokesman Ronnie Masilela said: “A social worker will visit
the kids and do an assessment to determine what steps should be taken.”