Ouma Msimango is a 59-year-old woman from Ratanda township, south of Gauteng.

On 28 September 2020, she received a scooter donation worth R50 000 from the Imbongi Voices for Africa.

On the same day, only 28 years ago, Msimango was injured when a hand grenade exploded in a bus transporting Eskort workers.

One person died and 13 were injured near the Ratanda Hostel.

Taxi drivers transported the injured workers to Heidelberg Hospital where Msimango was then transferred to Natalspruit Hospital.

Both her legs were amputated because of the severity of her injuries.

In 1992, the Ratanda community was plagued with attacks from apartheid operatives who saught to cause terror and fear to our local freedom fighters.

The infamous Ratanda bus massacre was also in 1992.

For the past 26 years she has been using prosthetics and moving around hasn’t been easy.

“I still remember the day vividly,” Ouma said.

“There was a labour dispute at work. People assumed it was a political dispute, times were tough then. Three bombs were thrown into the moving bus. It was the third one that caught my legs,” said Msimango.

Her daughter, Nomathemba was only 12 years old at the time.

She had to help take care of her mom.

“It hasn’t been easy. I was in standard six at the time and failed that year because I was constantly stressing about mom’s situation,” she recalled.

Good Samaritans join to help Ouma

When sponsors heard Ouma’s story they were moved and contributed to her wellbeing.

German residents donated a motorized scooter for Ouma.

Given the Giver donated food parcels to residents of Ratanda Extension 4. Hlala Nathi Funeral Home donated R2000.

“Firstly, I will not hear my mom cry about pains. Secondly, she will move around freely around the house and the mall with her scooter. I hope life will be better for her,” said Nomathemba.

“I am grateful to the Germans for the scooter donation life is going to change,” said Ouma expressing her gratitude for the new wheels.

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