Government donates house to mom whose son, 5, fell into mine shaft

Government donates house to mom whose son, 5, fell into mine shaft

- Nombeko Thole's 5-year-old son fell into a mine shaft last year and was never found

- The City of Ekurhuleni pledged to give her a new house

- The City's MMC for Human Settlements handed over the house to Nombeko

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The mother of Richard Thole, the five-year-old boy who fell into a mine shaft in Ekurhuleni in February last year, has a brand new house.

49-year-old Nombeko Thole officially received keys to her house from the City of Ekurhuleni's MMC for Human Settlements, Lesiba Mpya, Daily Sun reports.

This was the fulfilment of a pledge Mayor Mzwandile Masina made to Nombeko last year, Briefly.co.za gathered. The handover ceremony was held on 10 October.

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South Africans grieved with Nombeko after efforts to retrieve her son's body proved futile. In an interview, she said she wished she could bury her son in the Eastern Cape. She added:

I am happy and sad at the same time. I know this house belongs to Richard. I got the house because of him.

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Nombeko's new two-bedroomed home is located in Chief Albert Luthuli near Daveyton. She will share it with her 26-year-old daughter.

Mpya said Nombeko had applied for an RDP house and the City therefore speeded up her application.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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