Builder lets down blind gogo

2011-11-18 00:00

SHE is blind and elderly, looks after 10 grandchildren and has been let down by everyone, including the government.

Mtombo Radebe (67)of Imbali lost her eyesight a few years ago due to the stress she suffered after five of her children died in quick succession. She lives with her 10 grandchildren.

The Witness reported that almost two years ago her house was completely destroyed in a fire. Only the garage remained intact, and she has been using it as a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a lounge for herself and the children, some of whom are in their teens.

A thin see-through curtain separates the bedroom and bathroom from the kitchen and lounge area.

After the fire several people came forward saying that they would assist in rebuilding.

In August the Human Settlement Department said a contractor would be at the site at the beginning of September. Construction company Dezzo Construction undertook to rebuild the house and said it would be completed before the end of September.

None of this has happened.

Dezzo was brought to the house by Dumisani Mthalane of the South African National Civic Organisation.

Employees of Dezzo Construction were reportedly at the house last week. They brought down the walls and left to collect materials, but never came back.

The house is an eyesore with a few walls left standing and bricks scattered over the yard.

Radebe said she is losing hope that her house will ever be rebuilt.

“This year I will have spent two years living in this garage,” she said. “The promises that were made that this house would ever be rebuilt have all amounted to naught.

“People who said they were from the Dezzo Construction came by last week and they said the house was cracked and they knocked down some walls and left to get material and never came back.”

Anton Vorster of Dezzo Holdings said they had been appointed by the Human Settlement Department to fix the house.

He said an official named Njabulo at Dezzo was the projects leader.

Repeated attempts to contact Njabulo were unsuccessful.


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