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  • E-mail: post@peoplespost.co.za Tuesday 21 August 2012 Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481

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    A FAMILY is irate after a manspent four days in the emer-gency unit, waiting to be trans-ferred to a specialised burnsunit.

    Although the family have de-cided not to take further action,they are relieved to see JunainJacobs fully recovering.

    Faiza Steyn, the provincialhealth department spokesper-son, defended her ground andsays: At no stage would orshould a patient be refused treat-ment at any of our facilities.

    Jacobs, a father of two, sus-tained severe burns following apetrol-bomb attack on Saturday11 August.

    His sister, Rochelle, believedthat staff at Somerset Hospital inGreen Point were not doingenough and called for urgenttreatment.

    She says: He was clearly inpain and all they did was feedhim more and more morphine.

    On the day of the incident, atapproximately 09:00, Jacobsspent the morning with friendsin a Wendy house in Loods Pleinin Factreton, when he attemptedto stop a man from petrol-bomb-ing the house.

    According to Rochelle, Jacobstried to intercept the throw andwas instead set alight.

    We understand that the attackwas from an angry boyfriend, butJunain just got in the middle ofit. He was in the wrong place atthe wrong time, she says.

    Jacobs wife, Stephanie, ex-plains that doctors informed thefamily that the victim wouldhave to be transferred to a spe-cialised burns unit at the Tyger-

    berg Hospital in order to recover.Tygerberg Hospitals Burns

    Unit is a highly-specialised adultburns centre.

    However, it has limited re-sources in terms of beds, whichcomprises of six Intensive CareUnit beds with ventilation capac-ity and 16 ward beds.

    Jacobs was placed on life sup-port as the injuries went as far asdamaging his respiration.

    He also sustained severe burnsto his head and face, causing it toswell, which Stephanie describesas looking like a soccer ball.

    Before shedding a tear, Steph-anie says: I dont know what Iwill do without him. I cannot un-derstand why he has to endure somuch pain.

    Stephanie even suggested thatshe would provide her own bed atthe hospital, and would only re-quire treatment for her hus-bands injuries.

    Steyn confirms that Jacobswas transferred fromSomerset toTygerberg Hospitals Burns Uniton Tuesday.

    She explains that it was possi-ble for Jacobs to have waited for

    so long, as it forms part of theburns units normal process ofmanaging the waiting list of ur-gent cases.

    She adds that Jacobs receivedthe necessary attention and wasnever refused treatment. If animpression was created by anystaff member that this was thecase, it is regretted, Steyn says.

    Warrant Officer Ntom-bi Nqunqeka, the spokes-person for Kensington Po-lice, confirms that a 33-year-old suspect fromFactreton has been ar-

    rested. She says: The suspect al-legedly became furious when hisex-girlfriend refused to exit thebungalow and threw the petrol-bomb, which set them alight.

    Shaun Jacobs appeared in theCape Town Magistrates Court onTuesday on a charge of arson andthe case was postponed for a for-mal bail application.

    Burn victims family fired up

    SORRY SIGHT: Anne Petersen (51) was also injured in the fire and sustained injuries to her face and wrist. Photo: Tauriq Hassen

    Petrol-bomb victim fed morphine for four days before being transferred to burns unit

  • Page 2 Peoples Post WoodstockMaitland NEWS Tuesday 21 August 2012

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    therefore seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Should you wish to attend

    the meeting you are requested to contact Michelle Alberts, tel 021 400 3708 between

    09:00-16:00. All requests for attendance must be received by

    no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to

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    THE Ken/Fac Traders will be having ahigh tea to raise funds toward develop-ing the grounds they are currently occu-pying at the corner of 12th Avenue andDapper Street, Kensington.

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    ment and prizes will be given to the best-dressed table. The organisers appeal tolocals to support the group as the fleamarket is a greatway to create jobs, earnan extra income and, most of all, get thebest bargains.

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    Dear reader,

    Occasions such as Christmas and Eid arerenowned for upholding traditions and cus-toms.

    On Sunday, South Africans joined 1.5 bil-lion Muslims around the worldin celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, thefestival of charity signalling theend of the holy month of Ram-adan.

    In addition to prayers, spend-ing time with family and friendsand enjoying traditional Eiddishes such as leg of lamb, breya-ni and trifle, it was a time to cele-brate, unite and give thanks forour many blessings.

    Also, to forgive.Generosity prevails during

    this time, with Labarang boxes equiva-lent of a Christmas box given to parents andchildren in the family and community.

    When my five siblings and I were laaities,we would traipse District 6, Drydocks andWalmer Estate on Eid, returning home at theend of the day with R2 made up of half, oneand two cents.

    We were chuffed with our takings money

    had a lot more value then.You could get three sweets for half cent at

    Mr Goodmans, our favourite sweet and com-ic book shop in Hanover Street.

    Today however, with inflation as it is andthe depreciation of our currency, it is com-

    mon for the children in my fami-ly to amass hundreds of randson Eid.

    But not everything about tra-dition, as interpreted by somefamilies, leaves warm fuzzy feel-ings. In the 70s and 80s, childrenwould spend Eid playing gameson grannys stoep, or gather ina room while the aunts and un-cles sit in the lounge around adecadent tea table.

    My grans house in Raven-scraig Road, Walmer Estate,

    would hum with happiness, laughter, chat-ter and the invariable family spat that sig-nalled the end of another traditional Abra-hams Eid, and time for everyone to say theirperhaps not-so-fond goodbyes.

    Despite best intent and value extractedfrom events at grans house, my siblings andI have also had a few too traditional Eidsthat saw among others, a delicate cushion be-ing flung, ire at a sibling notorious for visit-ing our parents house too late and inabilityto reach consensus as at whose house to endthe day.

    Perhaps technology holds the answer to al-tering tradition as our family observes it. OnEid, during visits, most youngsters andadults spent sufficient quality time withtheir cellphones, sending greet