Give us shacks over these ghosts, say housing project residents

2014-08-13 09:56

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A massive housing development that President Jacob Zuma opened amid much fanfare in April is back in the news – because residents claim it’s haunted.

The Daily Sun reports that some people living in the Cornubia development in Verulam, north of Durban, would rather return to the shacks they were moved from than deal with the “ghosts” that are driving them crazy.

One resident, 32-year-old Fikile Ngcobo, told the Daily Sun that every night the ghost of a “mysterious woman” drags a coffee tin along the floor of her house.

Another resident, Phindile Khumalo (54), told the newspaper a ghost tried to strangle her every night.

“I sometimes wake up and find that all the lights are on, even though I switched them off,” Khumalo said.

Zuma officially opened Cornubia in April during an event that marked the completion of the first phase of the residential part of the project, consisting of 482 houses.

The development is significant: it offers more than just homes and consists of roads, a bus transport system and airport development, too.

But residents’ spooky stories have cast a pall over the multibillion-rand project.

The Daily Sun reports that the “ghosts” may date back to a village that stood on the site many years ago, before the area became a sugar cane plantation.

Ngcobo said she had heard that the village’s graves had never been moved and that some of the dead people’s descendants were living in nearby Ndwedwe.

“We would really appreciate it if they could come and take the spirits of their dead relatives,” Ngcobo said.

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