South Africa: Premier of the Free State province, Sefora Ntombela, today, 18 August 2022, donated a house to the Ntsaku family in Freedom Square, Mangaung.
The family home was razed by the devastating fire in December 2021. The Free State Provincial Government, under the able leadership of Premier Ntombela, saw the need to refurbish the old structure for the family.
This morning, accompanied by MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Mxolisi Dukwana, MEC for Social Development Mamiki Qabathe, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Limakatso Mahasa, the Director General of the Free State Provincial Government Kopung Ralikontsane and senior government officials, Premier Ntombela handed the keys to Sibusiso and Xolani Ntsaku.
The two, who are currently in a rehabilitation centre following a battle with substance abuse, were blindfolded and were pleasantly surprised to see their new look, refurbished home.
Also present was Lerato Ntsaku, their sister, who was visibly overcome by emotion. Addressing the community of Freedom Square, Premier Ntombela condemned the rampant use of drugs, particularly by young people.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa gave us a clear mandate to be of service to the people, and the handing over of this house to the Ntsaku family is but one of the many ways we are heeding his call. I am, however, worried about drug use in this area, and I’m appealing to you all to work together and fight this monster,” Premier Ntombela said.
Sibusiso, the eldest of the Ntsaki brothers, will soon begin work as a security officer at OR Tambo House after completion of his rehabilitation.