Pensioner in need of a house

2019-07-24 06:00
ISITHOMBE: lethiwe makhanyaMavis Madlala standing outside the house that she currently lives in with her children. They are all unemployed.

ISITHOMBE: lethiwe makhanyaMavis Madlala standing outside the house that she currently lives in with her children. They are all unemployed.

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A SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD woman from Willowfountain says her dream is to have a decent house for herself and her children.

Mavis Madlala lives in a two-room mud house after the house they were living in collapsed last year due to heavy rains.

Madlala said her problems started back in 2011 when her mother’s house was burnt to the ground. She said the situation forced her to go and find a place of her own.

“I built a mud house which had five rooms but it collapsed due to the heavy rains. I had to build the two-room house that we are living in now because I was scared that the room that was left from the five-room house would collapse on top of us while we are sleeping.

“Even the two-room house that we are living in now is not in a good condition. If it is raining the house gets flooded. If there is wind we fear for our lives because the roof is not in good condition. We put stones on top of it to prevent it from moving if there is a wind but that is not safe,” she said.

She said she had reported it to the previous ward councillor and he promised that they will assist her in building the house but nothing has happened to this day.

“I have waited long enough. Now I am pleading with anyone who can assist me and my children. Sometimes I even have sleepless nights wondering what is going to happen to my children if I die.

“I just want a decent house for them even if it is a two-room house. That will put my heart at peace. If it was up to me I would have built a house a long time ago but I cannot afford it. I am relying on the government’s grant and none of my children are working.

“The government grant is not enough to support the family and be able to build a house at the same time,” she said.

She said she has even reported the matter to the current ward councillor Thabiso Molefe but nothing has happened so far.

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