Gogo’s name ‘disappears’ off RDP housing list

2018-01-17 06:01
PHOTO: SuppliedGogo Regina Hadebe, who was in line to get a new house, is heartbroken after discovering her name has been removed from the list without an explanation.

PHOTO: SuppliedGogo Regina Hadebe, who was in line to get a new house, is heartbroken after discovering her name has been removed from the list without an explanation.

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A TOTAL of 48 houses were built by the government in Copesville as part of the Operation Sukuma Sakhe Emergency Housing project.

This should have resulted in a happy ending for those in desperate need of housing, but it hasn’t turned out that way. Residents said indigent people in the community were profiled and registered for housing allocations in 2016, but a new list contains the names of people unknown to the community.

“There are people whose applications had been approved in 2016, but who are still waiting to move into houses. People are occupying the houses while the official beneficiaries are struggling to find accommodation,” said a resident.

Regina Hadebe (79), who has been renting a dilapidated shack in Honeyville for 25 years, believes she was “conned” out of the home she was allocated. After being profiled by community caregivers Regina’s name was placed on the list as an “urgent beneficiary”.

“I have now given up hope of getting a house. I’ve been registering my name in the hope of getting a house, but I’m still waiting,” she said. Regina, who is partially blind, said the shack she rents has been burgled many times and her social grant money and other goods were stolen.

“I live in fear. Drug addicts break into my house and sometimes even steal furniture.

“They take advantage of me because I can’t see clearly,” she said.

A caregiver in the area, who did not want to be named for fear of being victimised, confirmed that she was one of the first people she profiled.

“She was supposed to be a priority. Gogo’s case was very serious and we put her name up as one of the people who should get a house immediately.

“It is really sad she still doesn’t have a house.”

Residents claim that some of the people occupying the RDP houses were not from the area, but had mysteriously managed to get one.

An outraged Ward 29 resident lashed out at local councillor Sphamandla Madlala and the housing allocation process.

“I was not part of the people who compiled the lists.

“I’m just a ward councillor. Community caregivers, the ward committee­ and a private investigator from the department of Human Settlements compiled the lists,” said Madlala.

He was aware of the gogo’s plight.

“We are doing everything we can to assist her.

“There are people who were left off the old list, but who will be given houses soon,” he said.


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