House donated to poor by Mabuza now used as a party spot

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The house in Mpophomeni donated by Deputy President David Mabuza to a poor family, now being occupied by an uMngeni Municipality employee.
The house in Mpophomeni donated by Deputy President David Mabuza to a poor family, now being occupied by an uMngeni Municipality employee.
Clive Ndou

A house in Mpophomeni that was donated by Deputy President David Mabuza to a poor family has been turned into a spot for “wild parties” by uMngeni Municipality officials.

Neighbours told The Witness that the occupants of the house had turned the once peaceful Nkonka Road into a noisy neighbourhood.

“I was even compelled to spend thousands of rands building a high wall in a bid to block the noise and prevent my children from seeing all the funny things happening in that house.

“The arrival of those people have exposed our children to the kind of behavior which no parent wants his kids to be exposed to,” a neighbour said.

“Yes, I know about the project but don’t have all the details as it is not an ANC initiative. It is the Deputy President’s personal initiative.”
ANC uMngeni sub region task team co-ordinator, Thulani Mthalane

The noises were not restricted to weekends. “Even during the week, cars drive in and out, with some of the vehicles blocking the road,” another neighbour said.

The house was part of Mabuza’s personal initiative in the area.

Mabuza, who visited the area in 2019 on the ANC’s election campaign trail, pledged to build houses for three indigent people he met when he was canvassing for votes in Howick.

The house in Nkonka Road was completed several months ago while the two other houses are yet to be completed. The Nkonka Road house was built by a constructor in conjunction with the uMngeni Municipality town planning unit.

The Witness can confirm that the house is now occupied by an uMngeni Municipality office worker.

While sources said uMngeni senior ANC sub-region members, most of whom have influential positions within the uMngeni Municipality, were part of the committee overseeing Mabuza’s project, party leaders denied that the ANC have been managing the project.

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ANC uMngeni sub region task team co-ordinator, Thulani Mthalane, who is also the municipality’s Speaker, said the project was jointly managed by the council’s town planning unit and Mabuza’s office.

“Yes, I know about the project but don’t have all the details as it is not an ANC initiative. It is the Deputy President’s personal initiative,” he said.

Mthalane said he did not have any details about the people currently occupying the house.

“I can only speculate that it could be a security related arrangement. Maybe the person was put there as a measure to prevent the house from being vandalised.

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“Remember the Deputy President has to first come down and officially handover the house to the beneficiary. As things stand the house is still under the custody of the contractor, and should anything happen he has to take full responsibility,” he said.

Mthalane urged Nkonka Road residents complaining about the high noise levels to report the matter to authorities.

“Just like any other municipality we do have by-laws and any resident who feels that the laws are being violated should report the matter to the police,” he said.

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