MECHANIC Abraham Klopper (62) lived most of his life in the kasi, surrounded by people who saw him as one of their own.
But today the mlungu is dead and people are trying to find his family, or they will bury him as he has always been one of their own.
Abraham lived in Hluvukani in the Greater Manyeleti area of Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga.
In May, community development worker Delani Mnisi found him sick in his one-roomed house. He had not eaten for days.
“He said thugs broke in and stole his Sassa card, so I had to buy him some food,” she said.
“I also called an ambulance and he was taken to Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek.”
Delani said she was working on having Abraham sent to an old-age home when the hospital discharged him. He returned to his house, but only a few days later he was re-admitted to hospital. He died on 11 June.
Resident Anton Ubisi (43) said Abraham’s death came as a shock to many people in the kasi, who had come to love him. He met Abraham 12 years ago and described him as a happy man who lived simply.
“He was an expert mechanic. It is sad that his last days on earth were so lonely and painful,” Anton said.
Landlord Yvonne Sibuyi (40) said: “Abraham paid R1 000 a month in rent and enjoyed brandy and skokiaan. If his family could be found, they could give him a proper burial.”
Anyone with information on Abraham’s family should call Yvonne on 076 601 5257 or Delani on 060 502 7384.