The mother of a Moshupa woman who spent months sleeping outside after her house was demolished by the Ngwaketse Land board says her daughter succumbed to the cold and Tuberculosis.
Montle Senonnori, a Tuberculosis (T.B) patient died last week Wednesday alone in the cold following seven months of sleeping in the open since last December when the Land board demolished her house and six others in an operation to clean up a squatter camp in Diboto ward in Moshupa.
The grieving mother, Mpotshane Senonnori said: “My child died a very humiliating and terrible death. Although she was ill I believe her situation was made worse by sleeping out in the cold. She had blankets but they could not have been warm enough to protect her from the harsh weather because she did not have a house.”
“Since she suffered from T.B which is a communicable disease, we made a wall from loose bricks and made a bed for her and that is where she stayed all these months since we lost our home,” the distraught mother explained.
The oldest of Montle’s four orphaned children, a standard six student, aged 12, explained how huddling together throughout the night kept them alive during the harsh weather.
“When temperatures dropped we would huddle together to keep away the cold. We slept near the open fire so that we did not get too cold and during the rainy days we moved into the tent with our great grandma. Sometimes I would remain behind so that I didn’t leave our sick mother sleeping alone outside,” revealed the boy.
No postmortem was done to determine the cause of the death as Montle’s lifeless body was taken straight to the mortuary. Meanwhile her death has enraged Moshupa West Councillor Olebogeng Sethibe of the Botswana Congress party who accused government of punishing Diboto residents for voting for an opposition party in the last elections.
“People here have been subjected to cruel living conditions. When government destroyed their homes and took away their dignity, it was killing them and I believe if the current status quo prevails, we are going to witness more deaths of this nature,” Sethibe said.