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.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.