RESIDENTS SAY THEY ARE FORCED TO LIVE IN SHACKS
By: Sibusiso Zindela
UMlazi residents have been forced to live in shacks for almost a year due to the slow rebuilding of their homes.
According to uMlazi N-section residents, they have been living in shacks for more than ten months because of the scheduled rebuilding of government four-roomed houses taking longer
Residents said that the project started last year in October with group one and was supposed to be finished by January this year, to continue with group two.
Nomasonto Msomi, one of the residents whose home is being rebuilt, said that living in a shack has been a nightmare.
“We have been living in these shacks for a very long time. I have two kids and a husband, we all crammed into a two roomed shack, it as if we are living in a cage,” she said.
Zanele Gaxa, a domestic worker is renting in a commune and she said that she has been struggling with paying rent and sometimes has been forced to borrow money from friends so
she can be able to pay her rent.
Thulisile Ntini, who is the community liaison officer for Mlazi-N, residents and whose house is also being rebuilt, said that the reason for the delay is because people were not happy with
the way their houses were rebuilt.
“People were complaining about the original map of building their homes. The contractor has also not been given money by the municipality, so the project was forced to be put on hold,”
Muziwenyanga Dladla, who is Ward 82 councilor, said that as with many projects unforeseen delays occur and must be dealt with accordingly.
“The project will continue after we have dealt with challenges we have with the programme. People need to be patient,” said Dladla.