Obese woman to get renovated home

The 65-year-old Cape Town woman has not been able to leave her bedroom for a decade.

Egnas Dyidi has not been able to leave her bedroom for 10 years. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A morbidly obese woman, who has been bedridden for 10 years, may now have a second chance at a better life.

The Department of Human Settlements on Monday committed to renovating Egnas Dyidi's house in Nyanga.

This after a local ANC election coordinator brought the woman's story to government's attention.

Dyidi has not been able to leave her bedroom for 10 years.

She began overeating after the death of her two sons.

Her son Morgan was sentenced to 15 years on Robben Island following the Oscar Mpetha trial in 1983.

When Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zoe Kota-Fredericks visited the woman's humble two bedroom home, she recognised a familiar face.

"She was part of the parents' detainees committee."

Kota-Fredericks also promised to bring in the Department of Health to help Dyidi.

Officials will also try and help the woman get a social grant.

The 65-year-old lives with her five-year-old grandchild.

According to locals, the child looks after the woman.