Broken windows replaced

2015-07-22 06:01
THIS is the image that one is greeted with when entering Platfontein. Almost all the windows have been smashed.

Photo: 
Boipelo Mere

THIS is the image that one is greeted with when entering Platfontein. Almost all the windows have been smashed. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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WINDOW SMASHING is nothing strange among the !Xun and the Khwe communities in Platfontein.

According to community members, it is mostly the youth and males who are to blame for the broken windows of every second house.

The community revealed that the smashing mostly happened over weekends after alleged drinking sprees.

According to an elderly woman in Platfontein, the windows were broken barely a month after the houses had been allocated to the community members.

The arrival of Cope president, Mosioua Lekota, to re-install some of the smashed windows on Mandela Day was strange to the community as they did not see the need.

The elderly woman said that the issue of the broken windows was no crisis as they just patched the frames with boxes and a piece of zinc.

“We do not bother to replace the windows because we do not really need them,” the woman said.

Lekota, who said that his visit was not a campaign, committed to replacing 510 windows of 109 Khwe houses.

According to Cope, the Platfontein community was still seen as forgotten due to its high unemployment and poverty rate.

Lekota said government should not forget to assimilate that community into society.

The community will not only receive new windows, but will also get free social and legislative education from the party in an effort to teach them to maintain their property.

Cope chairperson of Francis Baard, Tebogo Raadt, explained that their councillors would work hand in hand with the youth in the area to run the programme.

“The team will teach the community about home ownership and how to take care of their property. That way the culprits who keep on breaking the windows will also be identified and educated. It is not surprising for them to behave in this manner because they were just dumped in these houses,” said Raadt.

He promised that the project would stretch to the !Xun community once they completed the first phase, which was among the Khwe.

“We have to complete the process in phases due to financial constraints.”

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