North West Premier, Job Mokgoro, was left speechless when a team of government officials took him and two MECs to a home of a 42-year-old woman living in abject poverty.
Premier Mokgoro and MECs Boitumelo Moiloa of Social Development and Desbo Mohono of Agriculture, visited Kolobetso Sapa’s home before the official launch of the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children campaign in Setlagole village on Monday.
Sapa lives in a mud house that she built herself seven years ago, and used plastic sheets to make a roof. She’s a mother of six children and a grandmother of five. With only three chickens to her name, Sapa admits life has been a living hell. She does not water and have electricity all her children do not attend school. Only two of her grandchildren managed to set foot in a school.
The unemployed Sapa sells snacks to locals in an attempt to make ends meet. MEC Moiloa tried to comfort Sapa. “Don’t be sad. Government is here and we brought you a lot of things,” she said while walking with Kolobetso to the back of her two-roomed mud house where the new chickens and food hampers were kept. But the Premier didn’t know how to react to these bad living conditions.
“Certainly there is no question the house that we visited makes me feel terribly, terribly embarrassed. Not only sad and not only depressed, I’m extremely embarrassed. And that is why again I welcome the initiatives that are already underway from the Department of Agriculture and also from the Department of Social Development. When I meet other members of EXCO I’m certainly going to give directives that we must have collaborative campaigns in dealing with poverty,” Mokgoro said.