Kosovo residents living dangerously

2018-07-26 06:00
Zolisa Matu complains that there is little development happening in Kosovo area.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Zolisa Matu complains that there is little development happening in Kosovo area.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Kosovo residents in Langa have accused the City of Cape Town, alleging that they are being marginalized out of the housing allocation scheme.

They claim claim that little development has taken place here since the area was established more than two decades ago.

Zolisa Matu says he has been residing there a little more than a decade, and there is neither electricity nor flushing toilets.

“The City told us that they can’t install electricity because our shacks are built directly below electric lines. We are confused because there is electricity in Joe Slovo, even though some of the shacks are under electric lines. We are still using temporal toilets which smell harshly during hot days.

“No one cares about us, including our councillor,” Matu alleges.

Matu adds that he doesn’t even know who his councillor is, because he never sees the councillor.

He describes the area as dangerous.

“During winter, we battle floods, because we seem to have built our shacks in a lake.

“There is a high rate of crime in the area. People are getting robbed every day because there are no lights,” he says.

Nomgcobo Qondani has been residing here for the past eight years, she says.

“Our children are falling sick because of the dirty water from the lake.

“Our children have ring worms and diarrhoea because of the dirty water that they are playing in. And when its summer, the whole area reeks because of the stench from the mobile lavatories. We are living in a pigsty. The majority of residents here are asthmatic because of the appalling conditions that we are living under,” says Qondani.

She urges the City to intervene and relocate them to proper houses.

“We are willing to move to any place as long we are going to get proper houses. We are living here because we don’t have a choice,” she says.

Ward 51 councillor Nomtha Dilima has dismissed the allegations that Kosovo residents are neglected and cited that their turn (for houses) has passed, but in the next phase they will get attention.

“Kosovo residents were relocated to Delft during the mayorship of former councillor NomaIndia Mfeketo as mayor. But some of them rented their shacks out while others left their friends and families when they were moving (to Delft). They didn’t destroy (dismantle) them,” she says.

Dilima says there is no way that they can install electricity because their shacks are under electricity lines and it is dangerous. “They will be relocated, though.”

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