NOLUBABALO Gxothelwa (30) applied to various schools for the disabled to have her son, Siphoxolo, admitted.

But she was turned down.


Now she’s forced to take her child to work every day as she has no one to take care of him.

They walk to work every day even in the bitter cold.

“He has to sometimes sit beside me as I’m working and it is difficult because I have to
attend to him and to my work at the same time,” she said.

Nolubabalo from Daveyton in Ekurhuleni said she was turned down by several schools for disabled kids.


disabled son“They call him for assessments and we go there but they never come back to us. They don’t even tell me their observations so I can know what step to take next,” she said

Nolubabalo – who works as a school patroller at Nkhatazulu Primary School in Daveyton – toldDaily Sun she sometimes asked teachers to put her son in a grade R class but because of his condition, he ends up disturbing other children.

“He cannot cope because he’s mute and it’s difficult for teachers to deal with his situation. It breaks my heart that my child is not learning. He’s eight years now and nothing seems to be changing in his life.”

Nolubabalo said she discovered that her son was not normal when he was eighteen months old.

“He couldn’t walk or speak and I started getting worried.

“I took him to a clinic where he was taken for physiotherapy and he’s now walking but cannot speak. I feel the education system has failed me.”

Gauteng Department of Education spokesman Oupa Bodibe said the district had been alerted and would immediately make contact with the mum.

“Our team will determine which school would be appropriate to accommodate his needs.

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