‘I couldn’t understand’
(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.”