‘We can’t live in fear anymore’

2019-09-11 06:01
One of the unfinished RDP houses in Imbali Unit 2. Residents claim that criminals and drug addicts use the unfinished houses to hide from the community.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

One of the unfinished RDP houses in Imbali Unit 2. Residents claim that criminals and drug addicts use the unfinished houses to hide from the community.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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IMBALI Unit 2 residents on Landa Road are demanding urgent intervention into the unfinished RDP houses where construction was allegedly halted six years ago.

Residents say these houses are now being used as a hang -out by school children who are absconding school, and whoonga addicts and criminals as a place to hide-out.

There are about eight unfinished houses, however one of them is roofed with plastic and residents say this particular property is utilised the most.

Residents who live near the site say they are tired of the noise and the criminal activities that allegedly occurs there.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, claims that these houses are destroying their children’s future. He said children skip school and sit in these houses all day.

“Everyday you find school children hiding in these houses during school hours. After school more children come in. The next thing you see clouds of smoke coming out [so you know that] they are smoking.

“It has been six years since this construction was abandoned. We have no idea what is happening as we have not been addressed on the matter.

“We have tried to enquire about this issue from our ward councillor, Caiphus Ndawonde, but he told us that the project falls under Ward 13 and is not his ward.

“We fear that one day we will find a dead body in there because people who use them are not only smoking but are criminals as well.

“Not so long ago someone tried to break into my house. They tore apart the fence and they were already inside the yard when I heard the noise.

When they saw me they ran back into one of those houses,” said the resident.

The resident said he did not chase after them as he was scared and did not know who else was inside the house.

Another resident said they want these houses demolished or finished for people to live in them, saying: “We cannot live in fear in our own homes because of these houses. Something needs to be done.

“The criminals who stay there recently stole my fencing standards at the back and ran into that house. Next, they may break into my house and steal everything.

“Leadership must decide what they want to do about these houses because we are not happy. and it is not safe.”

Another resident said criminals who stay in these houses have tried to break into her house as well.

“We live in fear every day, she said.

We can’t go on like this.”

Ward Councillor Sbongile Mncwango said she is aware of the incomplete construction.

“I have spoken to the municipality about the project but I was told that it had stopped due to insufficient funds to finish it. The municipality is busy sourcing funds so that the houses can be finished and have people living in them,” she said.

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