Roadworks could spell disaster for Kokstad family

2018-09-21 06:01
PHOTO: siphelele nketoThe home of Lungile Ndindibala (pictured) is under threat due to road construction underway in the area.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoThe home of Lungile Ndindibala (pictured) is under threat due to road construction underway in the area.

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A KOKSTAD family of 10 is living in fear of becoming homeless due to road construction that is currently underway next to their house.

Margaret Lottring (66) said she has been living in the house since 1983 and was later joined by her husband, Lungile Ndindibala.

Now, they stay in a house and a shack with their children and grandchildren. Due to lack of space, they also converted a toilet room into a house.

“Last year, we were warned by the municipality to vacate the place for the construction of a road and we requested an alternative place, but nothing happened.

“Last week, I saw municipal graders busy with road construction and I became worried of being forcefully removed from the place,” said Ndindibala.

Ndindibala said their houses have developed cracks in the walls since the construction of the road began.

“People who have been living in the area were given RDP houses at Shayamoya Township 10 years ago but I was not lucky enough to get mine,” Lottring said.

Her son, Ernest Lottring, said the family has approached local churches, asking them to assist them with a place to stay.

Greater Kokstad Municipality spokesperson Nthabeleng Matshoba confirmed the construction of mid-block roads in the area.

“Notices have been issued to the family to find another place.

“The road has been realigned so as not to affect houses belonging to the family,” she said.

Despite this the family are still required to move due to potential safety risks.

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