‘Broke’ man spends own money to buy sanitary pads for school
Nivashni Nair | 2017-06-06 11:57:39.0
Sthembiso Mnguni held back tears when he handed over sanitary pads to Joe Slovo Engineering High School in Khayelitsha.
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Sthembiso Mnguni held back tears on Tuesday when he handed over sanitary pads worth about R1‚200 to Joe Slovo Engineering High School in Khayelitsha.
“The principal was shocked that I was doing this in my personal capacity. We take things for granted. I told the girls that I was their big brother and was there for them.”
The 38-year-old services technician became a social media hero when he posted pictures of a trolley full of sanitary pads‚ which he had purchased during Pick n Pay’s one-day sale last week.
“As broke as I am‚ these were only R11 at Pick n Pay‚ so I decided to clear the shelves. Hopefully this will help keep a few girls at school. Guys‚ please help if you can. I don’t know the first thing about sanitary pads. All I know is girls out there can’t afford them and need them‚” he wrote on Facebook.
His post was shared over 500 times in less than an hour.
He then tweeted flamboyant television personality Somizi Mhlongo with a challenge to get involved.
Somizi retweeted Mnguni’s tweet and later posted a picture of a trolley full of sanitary pads on Instagram.
“I don’t know where to take these‚ but I know some girl somewhere needs them so every time I go grocery shopping I’ll add on my trolley. So‚ I am challenging anyone who can spend a grand for a bottle of booze to spare it for such a course‚” Somizi captioned his photograph.
Many South African school girls cannot afford sanitary pads. While there are reports that hundreds of girls miss school due to a lack of sanitary pads‚ there is no confirmed data on the exact number.
– TMG Digital/TimesLIVE