‘I couldn’t un­der­stand’

CityPress - - News - An­ge­line Ar­ri­son

(48) waits in the street in front of her one­room shack.

At dusk on a Fri­day in Cloetesville, Stel­len­bosch, it is too dark to sit in­side be­cause there’s no elec­tric­ity and hardly any room. The shack she shares with her two chil­dren is lit­er­ally on the pave­ment of her street. At her pre­vi­ous place of work, she had four gar­nishee or­ders against her to­talling al­most R30 000 for loans she swears she never ob­tained. Her gross salary was about R4 000 a month, while the to­tal monthly de­duc­tions for her “debt” were R3 045 a month.

“I couldn’t un­der­stand what was go­ing on. I never got or saw any of the money they said I bor­rowed. I was work­ing and couldn’t see what I was work­ing for. It was gone at the end of the month. If I had that money, I would get a proper house.”

Ar­ri­son said a man in a red car showed up at her door one day and told her to sign. “I just signed, but didn’t know what I was sign­ing. When you get a lawyer’s let­ter to sign, you just sign. I was so afraid. They got or­ders from Kim­ber­ley. I have never even been to Kim­ber­ley.”

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