HANDS FULL: Catherine Mfuphi, 84, receives food parcels from spokesperson of the Turkish Business Community Mustafa Eruglu and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Rudolph Nkgadima.
Luzuko Pongoma and Rudolph Nkgadima
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane pleaded with the citizens of Soweto to pray for President Jacob Zuma and Mangaung yesterday at a celebration for the elderly.
More than 500 elderly people were treated to early Christmas festivities at the Soweto Grace Bible Church.
“It is the time for celebration and today we are here to show gratitude and to celebrate with our elders,” Mokonyane said.
Mustafa Eroglu, spokesperson of the Turkish Business community, said: “We are giving back to these communities as a sign of appreciation for the support we have been getting from them.
“We love South Africa and we understand what it is like to celebrate Christmas without having anything to eat.”
The elderly were excited to receive their gifts and expressed gratitude to the government.
Emile Khohliso, 85, who was also part of the recipients of the food parcels said: “I am very happy to be here with other old people and to see the premier.
“Exercising and living a healthy lifestyle without drinking and smoking is my secret for living longer.”
Emmauel Maseko, 71, said: “I am very happy to be invited by the ANC.
“The food parcels will help because I stay with my sister and two kids.”
Among the recipients was Mamello Sehlaphodi, 25, who cares for six relatives between the ages of eight and 18. “I am glad that we have received these parcels this time of the year because they will help a lot.”
MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko, during her address, said: “We know other people who we cannot mention by name will come with food parcels and say vote for us.
“What we are saying is take the food, but at the ballot vote for the ANC.”