TONGA – The Nyatsi family’s plight came under the attention of local policewomen, who helped renovate Lucy Nyatsi’s house and gave her furniture and groceries.
The police station’s Women Network and Asisukumeni Youth Service visited Nyatsi and the three children on May 3 for the handover.
According to the Tonga SAPS spokesman, Capt Magonseni Nkosi, the family came to their attention through Asisukumeni Youth Service. The police wanted to help needy families in their community and a non-profit organisation suggested Nyatsi.
She does not have an ID and relies on the grant her oldest great-granddaughter receives to take care of the family. The children’s mother and grandmother passed away and she was the only one who could take care of them.
The officers not only installed a new door frame, door and windows but also gave the family some furniture and groceries to last them for some time.
The officials reported the issue at Masisukumeni Women Crisis Centre, which will help Nyatsi get a food parcel from Sassa. “But since she doesn’t have an ID, it will only be a once-off thing,” Nkosi explained.
Nyatsi was touched by the women’s generosity. “I have run out of words. I really don’t know what to say to thank them for such mercy. The situation here was bad. We sometimes had to sleep with empty stomachs. I am still amazed. I wish they can continue to do the same for other families. May God grant them more strength to continue their work,” she said.
Tonga SAPS station commander, Brig Velisiwe Mdaka was proud of her officers’ great initiative and quoted Matthews 25:42, saying that such work is witnessed by the Bible.