Good Samaritans step in after mass evictions

2017-07-12 09:15
Vuyolwethu Mbangeni and her disabled son, Owethu, who were evicted from land they occupied in Port Elizabeth last month. (Joseph Chirume, GroundUp)

Vuyolwethu Mbangeni and her disabled son, Owethu, who were evicted from land they occupied in Port Elizabeth last month. (Joseph Chirume, GroundUp)

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

Port Elizabeth - Land occupiers evicted three weeks ago in Port Elizabeth are struggling to find alternative accommodation. Some are elderly and some are disabled.

In June, following a court interdict obtained by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the office of the Sheriff evicted thousands of people occupying land in Ikamvelihle, Wells Estate and Motherwell NU 29, GroundUp reports.

One of those evicted is Nokwamkela Ngumbela. She is 75 and she has no relatives in Port Elizabeth that she can turn to.

"I am desperate for accommodation because my furniture and building materials were destroyed during the recent demolition. I have never owned a house of my own. I survive on an old age grant. I used to rent a room for R400 in Zanemvula Street, here in Wells Estate. I have lost a lot of money due to the demolitions. This was the fourth demolition," she said.

Ngumbela has never applied for an RDP house.

"I am now living at Mamkwai's house. We are seven of us living at her house. It is a small house and we sleep in the dining room. I will go back to Ehlovini and rebuild my shack, because I cannot afford to rent again," said Ngumbela.

Mamkwai (the clan name by which she prefers to be called) said: "I saw the violence that happened when these people were evicted … It touched my heart to see old people and some disabled people being forced out of their shacks at this time of the year when it is very cold."

'Really desperate'

"I explained the situation to my children and they agreed to accommodate them. There are seven of them, including one male. They are really desperate, and I appeal to the community to help, because there are many such people in that desperate situation."

Mamkwai is 64. She lives in a four-room house with her two children. The rooms are small and filled with the belongings of the evicted people.

Vuyolwethu Mbangeni is a single mother with a three-year old child with a disability. "I am in a desperate situation because my disabled son is very young and needs my attention. I had spent more than R600 to build my shack, but it was destroyed. I am now finding it difficult to build a shack here, because I don’t have money to buy building material."

"I don't know who to approach for help, because I cannot even manage to send my son to a specialist. I cannot work because my son is bedridden. So I have to be with him all the time," said Mbangeni.

Lungiswa Deye of Nkeme Street, Wells Estate, offered Mbangeni a place to build her shack. She said she did so because of her child’s disability.

"I was touched to see Owethu [Mbangeni's disabled son]. I approached Vuyolwethu and told her that she can build her shack at the back of my house. At present, she is staying with us in the main house until she gets money to finish the shack. Her son needs a comfortable place. I will continue helping them."

Nqaba Bhanga, head of human settlements for the municipality, said: "People who are facing accommodation problems should approach the municipality for help. We have a programme called Special Needs that helps people in distress. This also caters for the old aged and the disabled."

Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  housing

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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

8 great natural remedies for your pet

Tips and tricks to cure your pet’s itches and coughs, naturally.

 
 

Paws

Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
11 animals before and after they were adopted from shelters
Competition pet grooming – creative or too extreme?
Traffic Alerts
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.