Living in a tent for 15 years

2019-02-06 06:00
From left: Community activist Gavin Hoskins, Iris Holby, Manuel Holby and Vernon Gerder. PHOTO: byrone athman

From left: Community activist Gavin Hoskins, Iris Holby, Manuel Holby and Vernon Gerder. PHOTO: byrone athman

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

BROUGHT to tears as she explained her living situation for the last 15 years, Iris Holby from Woodlands says that constant empty promises and visits to city council meetings have been futile.

Unemployed and with a child addicted to whoonga, Holby says that she, her two children and brother live in a tent which is often plagued by mud slides during the rain which forces them to take refuge in the house that they are living behind.

“When it rains we cramp up with the people who live in the house where we stay in the backyard,” said Holby.

Holby, while tears trickled down her face, said that staying in the tent was not their only problem as they are plagued by constant sewage problems with raw sewage overflowing behind their tent sometimes for weeks on end.

“The smell here is terrible, but we have to live like this. We have to get our water from a pipe which is nearby to where the sewage overflows,” said Holby. Holby said that her brother had been to countless council meetings where he has even been brought to tears as he pleaded for proper housing.

Living within metres of a trainline, Holby said that they have had a few run- ins with criminals but they are defenceless because they have no proper fencing.

Local community activist Gavin Hoskins said he has bared witness to the Holby’s pleading for proper shelter numerous times to no avail. “These people are suffering. No human should live like this. We are hoping that with election time upon us that the political parties will look to people like this in our neighbourhoods and see their struggles and feel something so they can help,” said Hoskins.


Join the conversation! 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.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.