Siblings in need of a house

2018-06-06 06:02
Nqobile Sithole looks at the collapsing house in Edendale.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Nqobile Sithole looks at the collapsing house in Edendale.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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“EVERY TIME the weather changes we fear for or lives,” said Nqobile Sithole from Edendale, who lives in a four-room mud house that could collapse at any time.

Sithole (25), who is a first-year office administration student at Msunduzi Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, lives with her 32-year-old deaf sister Nonhlanhla Precious Sithole, who she leaves alone every day when she goes to school.

Speaking to Echo, she said they do not have anyone and they use her sister’s grant money to support themselves.

“My mother passed away 10 years ago and we went to live with our grandfather but he also passed away in 2009 and we had to come back and live in my mother’s house in Edendale.

“The house is old now and it has holes and it becomes wet inside if it is raining.

“ We also do not feel safe anymore living in it because it can collapse [at] any time. I wish that there was something that I can do to fix it but I can’t because I am still young and I do not have money. My sister’s grant money is not enough to fix it or build another house. We would like anyone who is willing to assist us to help, even if it is a two-room house where we will not have to live in fear every time the weather changes,” she said.

Sithole said she tried to speak to ward councillor Mtuza Mkhize, asking him to help them, but he told her that he cannot assist her until she has finished studying.

“I went to him as a ward councillor and because he knew my mother.

“We really need help. We do not mind if we have to relocate to another place. As long as we have a decent house to live in, we will be very happy. I cannot even concentrate at school now thinking about the situation at home and I get very worried if it is raining knowing I left my sister alone at home,” she said.

Ward 21 Councillor Mtuza Mkhize denied that he told Sithole to finish studying before he can assist her. “First of all, this person says she is living with a disabled person. If she came to me I would refer her to the social workers first for help.

“Regarding the housing problem we still have a challenge in our ward.There are people who need houses but for now we are still fighting the corruption so that we can get the money to buy land and build houses for people,” he said.

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