Man stops taking his TB medication because he has no money for food

Man stops taking his TB medication because he has no money for food

- Lulamile Sindaphi has had to make an impossible choice, food or his TB medication

- He lost his job and has been relying on his neighbours to stay alive

- He rarely has the money for the taxi fare to the clinic

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Lulamile Sindaphi has had to make a terrible decision, he was forced to choose whether to eat or take his TB medication.

He has had to abandon his TB medication in order to afford food and what adds to his woes is that even if he had chosen his medication he cannot take it on an empty stomach.

Briefly.co.za learned that his condition is so dire that he rarely has the R30 taxi fare to take him to the clinic according to the dailysun.co.za.

Man stops taking his TB medication because he has no money for food

Lulamile lives in squalor and fears that his shack might collapse during a storm. Photo Source: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

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Lulamile lives in NU18 in Mdantsane, East London. He scratches a living together by cleaning his neighbour's yards for food while he lives in a windowless shack.

“During heavy rain and wind, I’m always scared my shack will collapse,” he said and added that if the weather is bad he has to sleep on a wet mattress.

He gets so hungry at times that it affects him in strange ways.

“I’ve nothing to eat. I think too much and end up losing my mind. I see things other people can’t see. I see people in black clothes, chasing me. Sometimes I swear at my neighbours.”

He used to work but now he cannot buy his own food and his neighbours are struggling to make ends meet themselves.

Xolani Simandla, the Ward Councillor, has said that he had tried to find Lulamile temporary shelter but he said that it takes time to organise.

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Gcobani Maswana, the spokesperson for social development, has stepped in to help and asked for Lulamile's details and once his situation has been assessed the department will provide him with three months worth of groceries.

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