Gogo Nazo’s new keys

2015-09-24 06:00
Bathandwa Spakisi, Philiswa Marman, Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements, Nontobeko Nazo, 80, beneficiary, Councillor Mthwalo Mkutswana and PR Councillor Vuyokazi Matanzima, during the handover of Nazo’ house, in Mandela Park, Khayelitsha

Bathandwa Spakisi, Philiswa Marman, Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements, Nontobeko Nazo, 80, beneficiary, Councillor Mthwalo Mkutswana and PR Councillor Vuyokazi Matanzima, during the handover of Nazo’ house, in Mandela Park, Khayelitsha

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Life has changed for the better for a pensioner whose house was burnt down twice, allegedly by daughter who suffers form a mental illness.

Mandela Park resident Nontobeko Nazo, 80, received the keys to her spanking new house last Thursady.

According to Western Cape MEC for Human Sttlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, the house was made possible by a donation from VHP Holdings.

Representatives from the company, including local councillors were present during the handover.

The house was first burned down in 2010, when Nazo‘s daughter, claiming to hear voices, said she was intsructed to set it alight.

Concerned residents then clubbed together and erected a shelter for the family.

That too, was later set alight by the deranged daughter.

Nazo was then forced bto used some of her pension money to pay rent at a house they had moved into.

During the handover she said: “I am very grateful, because it was very difficult for me to lose my house in that manner. At times we went to bed on empty stomach because I had to pay rent with my pension. Life is going to change now and I would like to thank those who built the house for us, may God bless them,” Nazo said.

Madikizela said it was “painful” to hear that Nazo had been living in that condition.

He said there are many others who suffered similar problems, but that his department cannot afford to give all of them houses.

Madikizela said he had approached Sean van Horsten, a Director of VHP Holdings, a housing construction company, and told him of the plight of gogo Nazo.

Van Horsten duly got to work on Nazo’s house.

Madikizela said: “I would like to thank Sean and other donors for responding to my call. The residents were also there for her from the beginning. We prioritised her house because she is a pensioner.

We must stop giving houses to the youth while there are pensioners who are still waiting for houses.

I am very happy, because she has been in pain. This will go a long way towards changing her life.

I feel like I have given thousand houses to needy people,” Madikizela said.

Van Horsten said his company did not hesitate to help after the call by the mec.

Also present during the event were

Councillors Mthwalo Mkutswana, Philiswa Marman and PR Councillor Vuyokazi Matanzima, religious leaders and neighbours.

Matanzima has promised to donate with a bed, clothes, blankets and curtains to the Nazo family.

Mkutswana said it has been difficult years for the elderlyNazo.

“As leaders, we must help those who are in need regardless of the colour of the t-shirts they are wearing (political affiliation).

I am happy for you, because it has been a long walk, but you were patient. This platform is not political, but it is about service delivery,” he said.

Nazo’s daughter’s behaviour was later attributed to Bipolar Disorder.

The diease is also called manic-depressive illness, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels

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