Prayers answered

2017-11-02 06:01
Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements handed over a house to Nowethu Gaju, 76, last Tuesday, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. Seen with them is Bongi Gubuza, deputy director for stakeholder relations.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements handed over a house to Nowethu Gaju, 76, last Tuesday, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. Seen with them is Bongi Gubuza, deputy director for stakeholder relations.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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It was a life changing moment when a pensioner was handed-over the keys to her house, which she said she has been praying for over many ears.

Nowethu Gaju,76, from Makhaza was the delighted recipient, as Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela gave her the keys.

Madikizela kept his promise to build her a house after a visit to her shack early in the year.

Gaju’s husband passed away before receive the house.

Gaju said she has been a victim of fraud over the year by people who promised to assist her with registration for the house.

“It makes me sad that Ms Gaju had to spend so much money on lawyers for something that didn’t even need lawyers. I wish I had known about her problem before she could spend her money on lawyers.

Nonetheless, I am happy that today we are here to officially handover this house to her.

We are happy that we could help her timeously. We can see that she is happy, which also makes us happy,” said Madikizela.

Gaju said getting the house was a dream come true for her.

“I am very happy. My heart is at peace now. Even if I can die this evening, I will die a happy person.

I lost a lot of money to people who promised to help me.

I could not believe it when Madikizela promised to help me, but today I am in my house,” she said.

The house has two bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge and a bathroom.

She has been living in a shack since 1991.

Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor, Vuyokazi Matanzima, said this was a big relief for Gaju after suffering for many years.

“I am happy for her. As councillors we want to see people’s lives change for good. She was sent from pillar to post for too long and she had lost hope in getting the house.

There are many residents like her. We will continue ensuring that senior citizens and those who live with children who are sick are prioritised in getting houses,” Matanzima said.

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