RDP houses remain unfinished for years

SOME residents in the KwaZayeka area, Ward 2, in Sweetwaters, contacted Echo complaining about their RDP houses that have not been completed for years, and say they don’t know what the delay is.

One resident is Phetheliphi Dhladhla (94), who lives with her grand- and great- grandchildren.

Phetheliphi said a foundation for her RDP house was built five years ago, but no other construction work has been done since and she continues to live in a mud house with her family.

She said she is one of the first people in the area who applied for a government house, but her house remains incomplete while others in the area, who applied with her, have moved into their RDP houses.

“I have been to the local Vulindlela Development Association (VDA) offices to find out what the hold up is, but all I am told is that there are certain issues, nothing else, and nothing has ever been done.”

Another complaint came from the Luthuli family who said an RDP house was applied for by a family member, Siyabonga Luthuli years ago and it was approved that the applicant would be built a house, but no construction work has ever been done and the family member still lives in a dilapidated mud house.

The Echo published a story about the family’s complaint in the September 14, 2017 issue.

A family member, Babhekile Mngadi, said the family fears that the mud house may collapse and injure its occupant as it is in a “battered state”.

She said the applicant lived in the mud house but because of his mental health the family moved him out and the applicant’s uncle Nicholas Luthuli, who also has mental health issues, was moved in.

Mngadi said the mud house has cracked walls and the roof leaks. The family’s concern is that the occupant of the mud house is not of sound mind.

Xolani Hadebe, who lives in Skhakhane Road in KwaZayeka, said his father, Eric Hadebe, who died in 2011, applied for a house several years ago. However, a foundation was built in July 2014 and a few days later walls were constructed.

Hadebe said construction of the walls begun even though an inspector had not done an inspection of the foundation and authorised that construction work continue.

He said once the walls had been completed, an inspector came around and found there were issues with the foundation so instructed that construction is stopped until the issue with the foundation had been resolved.

But Hadebe said nothing has materialised since 2014, and the house remains without windows, doors and a roof, among other things.

Hadebe added that when he reported the matter to the local offices of the VDA, he was told the house had been completed, which makes him suspect that material for building the house had been stolen by labourers working for the contractor.

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