No hope for own house anymore

2015-11-17 06:00
Cynthia Chivambo (59) from Maitland says she has lost all hope of ever getting her own house as she has been on the waiting list for 16 years.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Cynthia Chivambo (59) from Maitland says she has lost all hope of ever getting her own house as she has been on the waiting list for 16 years. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Cynthia Chivambo (59) from Maitland has lost all hope of ever receiving a house from the government, because she has been on the waiting list for the past 16 years.

The mother of two has a husband who is in a wheelchair and she says life has been unbearable for them.

Her wish is to get a house so that she can look after he husband properly but all she has got over the years in trying to enquire about her house is being sent from pillar to post.

She used to go the human settlements department all the time to check if she would get a house and time and again she was told to wait.

She says she can’t wait any more and her biggest fear is to die without a house.

“I don’t want to leave my children struggling. I have suffered a lot without a house. You have to move around and people with houses treat you badly. I don’t know what to do anymore, because I’m being told to wait. For how long must I wait?,” she says.

Chivambo says the people she applied with have houses now but she is still waiting.

“It’s difficult to be with a husband who is not healthy and I have to worry about a place to stay. It gives me sleepless nights to think that up to this day I still don’t have a house.”

The unemployed mother says she is pleading for a good Samaritan to help her so that she dies in peace.

“I’m pleading for someone who can help me get a house. I don’t care where it is, I will go. All I want is a roof over my head and a safe place for my children. If I can get someone to build me a house, I will be very happy,” she says

Zalisile Mbali, spokesperson of the department of human settlements, confirms that Chivambo registered with the City of Cape Town in 1999.

“She is among over 500 000 people who are waiting for housing opportunities in the province. When her opportunity comes she will receive her house. It is rather difficult to say why it has taken long, as there are people who have been waiting for far longer than her,” he says.

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