Desperate family asks for help

2019-07-09 06:00
Frans Lukas, Johanna Lukas, Matayo Cesroe and Shonnelle Cesroe     PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Frans Lukas, Johanna Lukas, Matayo Cesroe and Shonnelle Cesroe PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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It is going to be a long winter for the Lukas family from Hanover Park after they were allegedly ordered to vacate a house they have been living in for over 30 years.

Frans Lukas, his wife Johanna and their son Henry (29) with other family members (sister-in-law’s children and grandchildren) have been forced to squeeze into a small shack in the area.

The family says they were forced out of the house because it was sold without their knowledge.

According to the family, the house belonged to Johanna’s late mother and she had apparently left it for one of Johanna’s sisters.

Johanna says her sister sold the house without her knowledge and they were left destitute.

According to her, a total of eight people were occupying the house. They have since scattered; some now living with relatives.

“Some of my family members that were in the house are now with my husband’s family because the shack is small and cold,” explains Johanna.

She says those who are with relatives only come to the shack during the day to have meals, then return to sleep by the relatives.

Johanna says she has challenged the decision (sale of the house) and has approached a lawyer.

Johanna’s plea is for people to help where they can as no one is working and her husband is sick.

They all depend on Frans’ social grant money.

Frans says he felt “very bad” when they were served with the court order to vacate the house.

He says they had no option but to abide with the law.

“We do not really have privacy here because there is no room and we also pay rent,” said Frans.

He and wife say they thank their landlord for giving them a place to stay at the back.

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