Icy rain adds to Imbali shack dwellers’ woes

2012-08-08 00:00

WHILE many enjoyed the snow and rain yesterday, 103-year-old Alvina Dladla had to endure the harsh reality of inadequate housing in icy weather.

Dladla is among the residents in Imbali Unit BB (EE section) where wirewall RDP houses were demolished to make way for better units two years ago, and where nothing has been done since.

“Now that the rainy season is [here] we are going to experience sleepless nights because of the squalor we live in,” she said.

She said she feared her shack might collapse on her when it is windy and was afraid to fall asleep.

Dladla’s neighbour, Thoko Ngema, said: “At 2 am, I had to wake my children because I could not sleep as rain was coming into the house.

“My children were scared and I had to calm them down even though I felt helpless as I watched the rain destroying my furniture and clothes.”

Weary of waiting for a home to be built for her, Ngema said she decided to build her own house, but ran out of funds to complete it.

“I am a vendor at school and that is the only income for me, so I cannot afford to rent.”

In the room she shares with her children the contents were soaked, including a Bible.

“I have an asthmatic child and I don’t know what is going to happen to her tonight because all our blankets are wet and my children could not even go to school because their uniforms are wet,” she said.

Human Setttlements spokesperson Mbulelo Baloyi said the department provided transit accommodation for people who were moved from the units that were deemed unsuitable.

“In relation to those units that were flooded earlier today, we will be sending our officials to do assessments so we can expedite whatever assistance we can extend to the affected families.”

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