Three children aged 11, 7, and 5 from Siyabuswa in South Africa have been discovered to have been living on their own and fending for themselves after their 41-year-old mother suddenly left to go live with her lover.
A neighbour, Ellie Skosana, 62, who is pictured with the kids said she realised the kids were living on their own when they kept coming to ask for food. They had no warm clothes or shoes, and had to find warmth in each other’s arms at night.
"Each time I asked why their mum had not cooked for them, they simply said she was away. I assumed she was out looking for work, but later I realised I had not seen her in her yard for about two months. So I questioned the kids further."
The oldest child said his mum came with her new lover and took most of her things a long time ago and hadn’t returned since. He said his mum already had a newborn baby with her lover and believed that was why she abandoned them.
Daily Sun finally tracked down the mum at her new lover’s home. She claimed she loved her kids, but had to abandon them because she didn’t have much to offer them.
"I can’t even look for a job because my ID vanished last year," she said