Empty promises anger KwaDabeka residents
Residents of KwaDabeka H, in an area known as KoLindela say they area frustrated with the poor quality of the temporary structures built by the Department of Housing.
These residents have been living in this area for just over 12 years, despite being told that their RDP houses would be built in two years after they were assigned temporary housing. Thandeka Ngcobo, a resident of KwaDabeka H ( KoLindela) said that they were relocated from their informal settlements in 2010.
“We were moved here from our informal settlements in KwaDabeka K in 2010 because of the new initiatives the government had, which included the new KFC drive thru and pharmacy,” said Ngcobo.
She and other residents are frustrated after the floods heavy rains and floods that occurred in the area, destroyed their furniture and valuable, they accuse the Department of Housing of having used inferior quality material to construct their temporary homes.
“What upsets us the most is the type of material used to construct these temporary houses, which is dangerous. These houses are built with cupboards, so they cannot withstand heavy rains,” Ngcobo explained. “As a result, we lost our furniture because water got in the house.”
Newly elected Ward 19 Councillor Desmond Hlongwa, confirmed that his office is aware of the situation and have contacted the Department of Housing about the status of RDP houses that were promised to residents.
“I have been in contact with the Department of Housing and ensuring that the people get what they were promised, the RDP houses are currently under construction and are expected to be complete by the end of this year or early next year as they were started last year because the Department of Housing was still looking for a safe environment to build them in,” Hlongwa said.
“We will meet with the community this week to update them on the progress, and to assure the community that they will get what they were promised,” Hlongwa said.
The KwaDabeka Housing Office has confirmed that they will attend the arranged meeting between the community and the Ward Councillor to discuss the plans and progress of the RDP houses, promised to the community.