Disabled demand housing of Msunduzi

2010-03-22 00:00

MORE than 50 members of the Msunduzi Municipality Disabled Forum (MMDF) marched to the municipal offices on Friday, to hand over a memorandum demanding houses.

The memorandum was meant for housing department head Radar Gaunden, who was absent, so the group called for his deputy, Nareen Bharath.

MMDF chairman Themba Mhlongo told The Witness they have been asking for houses from the Msunduzi Municipality for the past two years, and nothing has been done yet.

He said many of their members pay about R700 rent in home care centres out of their R1 010 government grants.

After chanting without being atten­ded to, Mhlongo was wheeled up to Bharath’s office where they had a brief discussion.

“He [Bharath] said he doesn’t have the authority to accept the memorandum because he is just an ordinary official,” Mhlongo said upon returning. “He said we should make a request at the city hall.”

Afterwards, the angry group marched to the city hall where they read and handed the memorandum to Sanelisiwe Ndlovu, a manager for special programmes in the municipality.

“I will look into your complaints with Radar on Tuesday and I will report back to you,” Ndlovu told them.

Although Ndlovu accepted the memorandum, she told The Witness that “any memorandum should be submitted to the executive committee, which we now don’t have”.

She said she is in possession of a list of RDP house applicants, which her department will review to determine who is eligible for getting a house.

However, Mhlongo said the MMDF is demanding a response within 30 days. “Failure to do so will result in legal action. We are going to forward this to human rights courts,” he said.

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