A FAMILY OF NINE RECEIVES A HOUSE
By: Sthembile Shabalala
There were mixed feelings for the Mshengu family as they received keys on Monday to their new three-roomed house in Hammarsdale, Mpumalanga Township.
The family has lived in a one-roomed house for the last eight years, which did not belong to them.
According to Oliver Mshengu, the head of the family, relatives of the previous house came to reclaim their house after eight years of disappearing.
“This terrified my family and we then reported the matter to Ward Councilor Nkosi Dlamini.
Fortunately the matter was taken serious because we have reported it before the relatives came around claiming their house,” said Mshengu.
Mshengu told Journalismiziko that Dlamini assured that they would receive a house in the project that is currently taking place.
Senzo Shezi, the project manager of the RDP houses, said that he felt sympathetic towards the Mshengu family because he was informed of their situation years ago.
“The needs of the community come first especially to needy people like the Mshengu family.
It is not reasonable that a family of nine can live in a one-roomed house with children for so long.
I have worked close with the councilor ensuring that the house is finished with immediate effect because of the pressure that was coming from the owner’s relatives,” added
Mshengu thanked the councilor and everyone who assisted with their new home.
“We have been living in this tiny room for years. But my family and I have persevered because there was nowhere else we could go to. I will be honest with you, we were expecting
a much bigger house because we are a big family but we are thankful of the new house,” added Mshengu.