Patience is rewarded

2017-07-27 06:00
Councillor Patric Mngxunyeni and Deputy Minister of Communication Thandi Mahambehlala officiating the opening of a house renovated on Mandela Day in Town Two.

Councillor Patric Mngxunyeni and Deputy Minister of Communication Thandi Mahambehlala officiating the opening of a house renovated on Mandela Day in Town Two.

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During last year’s Local Government Elections campaign, the community leaders of Town Two became aware of the abject living condition of Zoleka Patience Mtata.

She was staying in a single room swamped with water inside, in which she stayed with her two children.

The room was both a bedroom, a kitchen and dining area.

After this discovery, the community leaders approached the new Ward 94 Councillor Patrick Mfundisi Mngxunyeni to visit this family in order to make the necessary intervention and thus improve the living conditions of the inhabitants.

Mngxunyeni established that Mtata’s incomplete house was due to the fact that she was not the registered deed owner, but her late husband. The PHP programme halted construction after the demise of her husband.

The house was then inherited by the late husband’s first wife and children.

On further investigation, the outcome was that the house was eventually transferred back to Mtata’s children but this came too late as the project had reached its contractual obligation, but before the house could be completed.

Councillor Mngxunyeni said he was shocked and dismayed by the appalling conditions that the family was living in.

Overwhelmed by the spirit, the values and legacy of world icon Tata Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, he decided to act immediately and out of his own pocket.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” he quoted Nelson Mandela.

On Mandela Day Patience Matata’s basic human right was restored.

She now lives happily in her house.

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