No hope for own house anymore

2015-11-17 06:00
Cynthia Chivambo (59) from Maitland says she has lost all hope of ever getting her own house as she has been on the waiting list for 16 years.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Cynthia Chivambo (59) from Maitland says she has lost all hope of ever getting her own house as she has been on the waiting list for 16 years. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cynthia Chivambo (59) from Maitland has lost all hope of ever receiving a house from the government, because she has been on the waiting list for the past 16 years.

The mother of two has a husband who is in a wheelchair and she says life has been unbearable for them.

Her wish is to get a house so that she can look after he husband properly but all she has got over the years in trying to enquire about her house is being sent from pillar to post.

She used to go the human settlements department all the time to check if she would get a house and time and again she was told to wait.

She says she can’t wait any more and her biggest fear is to die without a house.

“I don’t want to leave my children struggling. I have suffered a lot without a house. You have to move around and people with houses treat you badly. I don’t know what to do anymore, because I’m being told to wait. For how long must I wait?,” she says.

Chivambo says the people she applied with have houses now but she is still waiting.

“It’s difficult to be with a husband who is not healthy and I have to worry about a place to stay. It gives me sleepless nights to think that up to this day I still don’t have a house.”

The unemployed mother says she is pleading for a good Samaritan to help her so that she dies in peace.

“I’m pleading for someone who can help me get a house. I don’t care where it is, I will go. All I want is a roof over my head and a safe place for my children. If I can get someone to build me a house, I will be very happy,” she says

Zalisile Mbali, spokesperson of the department of human settlements, confirms that Chivambo registered with the City of Cape Town in 1999.

“She is among over 500 000 people who are waiting for housing opportunities in the province. When her opportunity comes she will receive her house. It is rather difficult to say why it has taken long, as there are people who have been waiting for far longer than her,” he says.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.