Aroganang Mashile has lived without an ID for twenty years, thus being at an unfavourable position to receive government grants, proper medical care, shelter and other benefits. His plight caught the attention of Graskop Unit Manager, Kemmy Mashego, who made it a personal mission to assists.
Mashego said that he was touched by Mashile who currently relies on crutches to walk after falling victim to a hit and run. He gets by on hand outs from empathetic local business owners, residents and complete strangers.
“The ID was issued on July 4 and I was very happy for Mashile. I took him to South African Social Services Agency (SASSA ) for grant application and he’s currently on the list for food parcels. I have to take him to the doctor so that he can get an early grant; he qualifies because of his condition. We try to assist wherever we can and the time came for somebody to take the initiative. He has not been able to vote for twenty years and that is not acceptable,” He said.
Mashego mentioned that the municipality is currently trying to organise accommodation for Mashile.
“As Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (TCLM) leadership, we need to look around and identify space to accommodate him. I urge all of us to take care of those who are disadvantaged, let’s assist one another. The door of government is always open and we are ready to assist. We have developed a WhatsApp group to report issues. I urge residents to report all matter of services to the Civic Centre or call the Graskop Control Room after hours on 013-235-7570. Residents must not report incidents to individuals,” said Mashego.