The viral image of an ANC man kicking an elderly woman sparked outrage across SA so one woman took it into her own hands to create a happy ending to the story with a crowdfund.
We first shared the story of Olivia Makete and Dianne Bayley earlier in February. Dianne had been deeply moved by the story that made headlines on nearly every media site and newspaper. The story was about an elderly woman that had been assaulted by a man representing the ANC during a protest.
The moment was captured on video and photographed. Olivia could be seen screaming out in pain and pleading for the assault to end. Thankfully the man handed himself over to the police shortly after the incident and was suspended from his job.
Dianne needed to do something to right the wrong, even though it wasn’t her wrong to right. She approached Good Things Guy for help and we told her that BackaBuddy was a great way to crowdfund. Her plan was to raise money to buy Olivia a Wendy House before the chill of winter set in.
Thanks to the crowdfund, Olivia has a new home today!
The fund raised a total of just over R10,800.00 which was used to purchase a large wendy house for Olivia. Dianne popped us an update yesterday showing Olivia beaming with joy in the doorway of her new, solid and sturdy home.
“We sang and laughed and shared a Coke, and stocked their small dwelling with food and toiletries. Olivia’s daughter and husband translated – she just kept saying “thank you, God bless you“; and Preacher Jeanette blessed the land. So, from our small spot in Africa to all my South African, Australian, American, British and Canadian friends and family – you made a HUGE difference today.” – Dianne Bayley
The team also donated a cupboard that had a custom seat built into it, space for Olivia to sit and relax. This is a truly happy ending and we are grateful that there are South Africans like Dianne around to make a difference. It just takes one thing!