Sweetwaters residents wait for RDP houses

2018-02-28 06:01
PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanyaLillian Molefe shows the moisture rising up a wall at her house.

PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanyaLillian Molefe shows the moisture rising up a wall at her house.

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SWEETWATERS residents who have been waiting for their RDP houses for the past five years say they do not know what to do anymore.

Two residents from the KwaZayeka area who spoke to Echo said they have lost hope that they will ever get RDP houses. Goodman Hadebe said he applied for his RDP house in 2012 but to date he has not been built one.

“In 2016, the contractor who laid the foundation left. I have not heard from them since. I have tried numerous times to find out what the progress is but I haven’t had any answers.

“What breaks my heart is that people who applied with me and those who applied after me are now living in their RDP houses. I really need this house. My children have nowhere to stay now. I have removed my furniture from my home and asked my neighbour to store it because I had to create space for my children to sleep. Now my neighbour wants to rent his house out,” he said.

Mokhantso Lillian Molefe also applied for her RDP house in 2012. She said her life is a nightmare because the house she is now living in is always damp.

“In 2012, I was allocated a house number which confirmed that my application was approved by Msunduzi Municipality. In 2016, when I saw that nothing happened, I re-applied. My application was approved again and I was told that I will use the same house number. Everything that is inside the house, from furniture to clothes, is damaged. Because of the moisture we can’t even live peacefully,” said Molefe.

The family has to rewash their clothes as it smells of mould.

Molefe and Hadebe are not the only ones who have encountered problems with getting RDP houses, there are several other families as well, including Nonhlanhla Zuma, who had her left leg amputated. She also applied for her RDP house in 2012.

“Life is not easy being an amputee. It has been too long waiting and nothing is happening. I see other people who applied after me are getting their houses but what about me?” she said.

What breaks my heart is that people who applied with me and those who applied after me are now living in their RDP houses. I really need this house. My children have nowhere to stay now. I have taken my furniture and asked my neighbour to keep it for me because I had to create more space for my children to sleep.

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