EFF visits struggling ‘railway station’ families

2017-04-07 06:00
 Photo: siphelele nketoEFF regional commissar, Dumisani Dlamini (right) gives hope to people living next to railway station.

Photo: siphelele nketoEFF regional commissar, Dumisani Dlamini (right) gives hope to people living next to railway station.

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FAMILIES living in shacks and containers next to the old railway station in Kokstad have been given hope by Economic Freedom Fighters members in an initiative led by EFF regional commissar in Harry Gwala, Dumisani Dlamini, who visited the area last Friday.

The area has no clean water or proper toilets and residents draw water from the nearby river and relieve themselves in the bush.
Resident Nonembile Xelitole (89) suffered a stroke and is using an old wheelchair to get around.

“It is cold here and I need a house,” said Nonembile.

Another resident, Makhosandile Siphengane­ (53) said he has been living in the area for more than six years in the hope of one day getting an RDP house.
“Politicians and government officials visit us and make empty promises. Last year we received blankets from the Department of Justice officials, but we are happy to see members of the EFF visiting­ us now.

“We want them to make sure that our problems are solved,” said Siphengane.

Bread and soup was served to children and some community members and Dlamini promised to talk to government about helping these families.

“Many children here don't go to school because there is no school close to the area. Many people have no identity documents so it’s not easy for them to apply for RDP houses.

“I will talk to various departments to provide services to the area so people can apply for IDs and get medical care.
“I will also ask business people and churches to donate food and blankets to these families,” said Dlamini.


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