Struggling grandmother gets help

Help for a Western Cape grandmother who is battling to feed her grandchildren

Eyewitness News

The Western Cape Social Development Department will assign a social worker to help a grandmother from Samora Machel who has to care for nine grandchildren.

Her employer called The Africa Melane Show on _Cape Talk _after she tried to commit suicide for a second time this weekend.

Doreen Nokubeka works as a domestic worker.

Her salary is not enough to support all her grandchildren.

Nokubeka's three children are currently unemployed and her first-born is addicted to tik.

She receives a R250 social grant for four of the children.

"Their parents are still alive, but they are not helping me in any way. My eldest [child] is addicted to tik and she steals from me."

Nokubeka said the five-month-old was dumped on her doorstep by his 17-year-old mother.

The Social Development Department's Melany Kuhn said, "We'll look at the situation and try to come up with a solution that is best for the children."