10 months ago
The couple at their wedding in April.  ~ Karabo Rammutla

WHEN blind couple Kgaugelo and Margaret Madua tied the knot in April, SunLanders toasted their love.


But the Madua couple from Mamelodi, Tshwane, does not have it easy these days. They are having difficulty trying to register their kids online for school. 

They told Daily Sun that officials at Mamelodi’s Teacher Centre keep sending them from pillar to post.

Kgaugelo and Margaret said they were losing hope that their children’s school registration will be sorted out in time.

Their two children were staying in Hammanskraal with Margaret’s parents but now they want to live together.

One of the kids is supposed to start grade 1 next year, and the other is ready for grade 8. 

“We went to the Teachers’ Centre. The queues were so long and to add to our misery, people jumped us in the queue because we cannot see,” said Kgaugelo. 

The couple left empty-handed and returned the following week.

“When we got there, we were told that they were offline and that we should try the next day,” he said. 

Margaret said they decided to go and try at Mamelodi High School but they were referred to the same centre. 

“I think they were tired of seeing us and they gave us an address in Sunnyside. I tried to explain that we were both blind, but they just said we should get our kids to accompany us,” said Margaret. 

“This new system was not planned with disabled people in mind. What will happen to kids whose parents are illiterate or disabled like us?” 

Gauteng Education Department spokesman Oupa Bodibe said that the department would like all parents who are facing challenges with online applications to give them their contact details.

“We will assist with the necessary intervention. Our tollfree number is 0800 000 789,” he said.

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