Zwide house rectification leaves many out in cold

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DISGRUNTLED Zwide residents, who have received houses under the Silvertown Limba housing project, have been forced to move back into shacks or to live in incomplete houses after the rectification of their homes came to a grinding halt.


Angry residents said yesterday they received a notice that their houses were to be rectified after it was established that there were many structural faults.


Community spokesman Kenny Mavata said the rectification started on April 28.

He said workers arrived and, among other things, knocked down walls and removed plastering, ceilings and toilets. Some houses had to be completely demolished.


“When the builders got here, everyone was excited at the prospect of having their houses fixed, but that soon turned into a nightmare.”

Mavata said the houses were left in a worse state than before the start of the rectification process.

Mabel Maphutse, 75, said she had put up a shack in her backyard when the rectification began.

“They removed my toilet and part of my roof and now I am left with the incomplete structure. I have to brave the elements in my shack. At night I risk my life by walking to a neighbour to use the toilet.”


Bella Matoshi and her six children live in a shack right next to her half-built house.

“It’s sickening that seven people have to share a single room while my house, which can accommodate all of us comfortably, is crumbling and without a roof.


“If you ask me they did more wrong than right,” said Matoshi.

Gladys Voyi’s house had to be demolished. Builders started to rebuild the house, but never finished the job.

“It makes me angry to think that they demolished a house that I could have been staying in. If I had known they were not planning to complete the job, I would never have moved out.


“I want the government to restore my human dignity by rebuilding my house.”

ANC ward 27 councillor Mpumelelo Seti said residents were not forthcoming with the whole truth.


He said the rectification process stopped when residents decided they wanted tiled instead of zinc roofs upon rectification. He said the residents had not wanted the rectification to proceed when the roof issue arose.

“We have a policy on rectification that stipulates that we cannot just deviate from the way a house was originally built. In other words, if you had a zinc roof you must get a zinc roof.


“Between the municipality and the province we decided to deviate from this policy. This was done at the end of July and one must remember that any decision must be formally sanctioned and that it can take time,” said Seti.


He added that some residents had realised the consequences of them insisting on having tiled roofs.

“We will try to resolve the matter as speedily as possible, as it will be in the best interests of all the involved parties,” said Seti.


DA councillor Andrew Gibbon said he would take up the matter with the housing and land committee.

“It is sad that residents have to be treated in such a deplorable manner,” he said.

 September 02, 2010
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