House has been leaking for 20 years

2015-08-27 06:01
Maria Rose outside her house. 

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane

Maria Rose outside her house. PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane

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MARIE Rose (56), from Imbali Unit 18 in Pietermaritzburg, has been living in a leaking house for more than 20 years, with a relative, Mzikayifani Dlamini.

Last year she slipped and fell, resulting in her being unable to work and to get some income she does washing for her neighbours for which she gets R80 a day.

She has been robbed on many occasions and last year her electricity cables were stolen, and has been forced to cook food over a fire outside since then.

Her house is a four-roomed mud hut with broken windows, some of which are covered with black refuse bags.

“I have been living here for over 20 years and I have come into terms with the situation. My wish is to have a house of my own.

“The house get badly affected by wind and rain. I have to fix it every year depending on which part has been destroyed.

“Sometimes we sleep in the dark when we don’t have candles.

“We have no choice but to share the same room. I have to sleep on the floor and he uses a bed.

“The bed is made of wood and is supported by the stones so that it balances,” said Rose.

Ward councillor Ganeth Mlete said that although Ward 15 is his area, he doesn’t know it very well.

When asked if his ward had projects to assist residents living in desperate situations like Rose, he said he would investigation the matter.

“I will investigate the matter. Rose should call me herself so I can see how she can be assisted.”

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