Blind man blames councillor

2015-09-17 06:00
Patrick Phakamile Mthanyana, 55, and his wife Luleka Mazwi, 42, claim their councillor stopped donours who wanted to finish building their house, in Town Two, Khayelitsha.

Mbongiseni Maseko

Patrick Phakamile Mthanyana, 55, and his wife Luleka Mazwi, 42, claim their councillor stopped donours who wanted to finish building their house, in Town Two, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Patrick Phakamile Mthanyana,55, is a blind guitar player and has an album to his name.

But Mthanyana seems to have a gripe with his local councillor, whom he accuses of stalling attempts to build him a house.

Mthanyana said volunteer inmates from the Department of Correctional Services had been set finish building his house inGanya Street, Town Two.

“The officials were due to deliver the building material two days before Mandela Day, 18 July, on which day the construction was supposed to start.”

Mthanyana said that one of the officials, instead told him that they were no longer going to proceed with building his house as his local councillor had instructed them not to do so.

“The official said the councillor had told them that everything that comes in to the area should be via him.”

The man said there was political interference in the process and they did not want to get involved.

Mthanyana said this was disturbing news to him.

“I had been asked to move my furniture, because they were going to start building soon.”

The father of three children became totally blind at the age of three after an illness.

Mthanyana said he first approached the councillor for help to finish building the house in 2012.

The councillor, Rider Mkutswana then spoke to the Department of Human Settlements, but he was told that the department could not give more money for Mthanyana as he had extended his original RDP house.

Mthanyana admitted that vhe had financed some of the extensions to his house out of his pockets.

“My RDP house was approved by the Department of Human Settlements in 2003, but I decided to add my money to the subsidy money to build a bigger house.”

However, Mkutswana has dismissed all the accusations against him.

“I am the one who has been fighting for him to see his house being finished. How can I now stop the people who are coming to build his house? I only became aware of the people that were going to build his house three days before Mandela Day and I asked them why they did not tell me.

The people from the department are the ones who then decided to stop the building of the house after they noticed that they did not follow the correct procedure.

I never stopped the building of the house, it was just a question,” he said.

The unfinished house has six rooms, including a bathroom.

Now Mthanyana is left “heavily leaking” and unstable house.

He said he depended on the money he generated by singing gospel music on trains and proceeds from the sales of his album, entitled Blessed Assurance

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