“ALL I need is a decent house for my two children. If I die without getting a proper house, my soul will not rest in peace.”
These are the words of 49-year-old Radha Rambully from Mount Vernon, Verulam.
Rambully lives with her two children in their one-room house in dense bushes of Mount Vernon.
Rambully, originally from Groutville in Stanger, said she moved to Verulam to look for a better job seven years ago. Her source of income is child support grants for her two children aged 10 and 14.
“When I came to Verulam, I got a job at a local school in Trenance Park. I stayed there with my two children for seven years. In January this year, I left the school because there were some issues with the school governing body. I had to find other ways to get shelter. As I was so desperate for shelter, I went door to door begging for building material. A businessman from a local factory who gave me plank to build a house. I had no place to go, the only option I had was to move down to the bush in Mount Venon with my children.
“I am pleading for a low cost house. Living a misery life like this makes me feel bad. I have been struggling for so many years to build a decent house for my children.”
Rambully’s main concern is the safety of her two children. She said that in 2014 she visited council’s offices in Verulam in 2014 and applied for RDP house.
“Since then I have never heard anything from housing officials.Sometimes when I’m not home I always think about the safety of my children and pray that nothing happens to them.
“I wake up early in the morning to fetch water from a water tap near Chappies [near Inanda Road].It really breaks my heart to see other people getting low cost houses in Cornubia while I live in such conditions.
DA PR councillor Chris Langa confirmed that Rambully approached him for assistance.
“I arrange a meeting with local social workers so that they will visit her and assess her situation. At the moment, I’m consulting with businesses that are willing to volunteer build a house for needy families in Verulam. Our intention is to house them in one house and feed them.”
Ward councillor Bongani Majola said Rambully family is not neglected by officials.
“There is a procedure to be followed when applying for RDP house, Firstly, there are people who get house after social workers have assessed their conditions and thereafter make recommendations for those people to get houses. The Cornubia Housing is for people coming from transit camps whose conditions need special attention.
“We have a housing project that is coming up. In the Greenfield project everyone is allowed to file an application for a house. There is a huge backlog of people demanding houses in eThekwini. We are currently trying to source sponsorship from businesses who can volunteer in this regard.”