Neighbours step in to rebuild house
Bonella residents have rallied to the aid of the man whose house was burnt down, allegedly by a relative, with a host of donations that should help restore the property in time for Diwali.
Cookie, Ravi, and their daughter Yeshia Naidoo, in front of their house.
Ravi Naidoo's eyes brimmed with tears of joy yesterday when the Daily News visited his home, where a new roof worth thousands of rand has been erected.
Ridwaan Sayed, who runs the construction company Resay Contractors, and who lives two roads away from Naidoo, provided the roof.
Sayed said he was merely helping a neighbour in need, as he would expect anyone who was able to do under the circumstances.
"It was a good opportunity to help someone get back what is theirs. This man has children to look after. I would expect the same for my family if I was in the same predicament," said Sayed.
He will also be assisting with plumbing, wiring, plastering, doors, windows and the painting of the home.
Sayed said his offer to help "came from the heart" to a neighbour who he knew as an honest man. He said construction workers would complete work on the home over weekends.
Naidoo, who is unemployed and now sleeps in a shed at the back of his home, said the people of Bonella had helped him with donations of food, money, books, clothes, and accommodation for his one-year-old daughter.
"As a family we are fine at the moment thanks to the help of the community. I appreciate what they have done for me," he said.
Naidoo said he hoped his home would be ready by Diwali so that he could celebrate the religious festival with all his children, who are sleeping at neighbours' and relatives' homes.