To honour late president Nelson Mandela, department of correctional services (DCS) officials spent their Friday feeding the residents of Quigney.
A number of homeless people and those who were walking by were got served a hot bowl dish of soup, bread and an orange.
“The activity forms part of the region’s Mandela Day activities aimed at honouring the legacy of Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” said DCS communication officer Nobuntu Gantana said.
She said the officials from the regional office have decided to make personal contributions towards purchasing soup and bread for more than 100 destitute people community members living in the area.
“We do this annually as part of giving back to the community.
“We believe in following in Mandela’s footsteps by making a difference in the lives of others,” she said.
Mdantsane resident Sive Kanisi, 26, walks from Mdantsane to East London CBD every day to look for a potential job.
“I walk to town every day, hoping that I will find a job that will feed me. I truly appreciate what the department is doing for the community,” he said.
Mabheka Mbulawa was grateful for the warm meal. he received on the cold day.
“We live under hectic conditions. Days can pass by without having a meal.
“I always make sure when I get a piece job to put my all in just to afford to buy a meal,” Mbulawa said.