All Hlobo wants is a home

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NOMZWAKHE Hlobo,73, has been cry­ing out for a proper home for the past six years.

Hlobo, who is phys­i­cally chal­lenged, has been liv­ing in a di­lap­i­dated house in Mdantsane’s Unit P since 2012. Hlobo moved into the house six years ago from a rented home in Mdantsane’s NU3.

Hlobo be­came wheel­chair-bound three years ago af­ter a car knocked her into a pile of bricks.

“Be­fore mov­ing into Mdantsane, I used to live in Dun­can Vil­lage with my step­fa­ther, but I had to move due to un­fore­seen fam­ily pol­i­tics,” Hlobo said. She said a num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials had been vis­it­ing her, and who had promised to change her liv­ing con­di­tions, but those had not ma­te­ri­alised.

“Through­out the years, ward coun­cil­lors and other prom­i­nent of­fi­cials have been promis­ing that there will be change, but noth­ing has hap­pened, they are just keep­ing my hopes up for noth­ing,” she said.

Hlobo said when she ar­rived in her present house, it was flooded by wa­ter from un­der­ground pipes.

To this day, her home is still flooded and the wa­ter has dam­aged the fur­ni­ture and doors.

“When some­one flushes it, it over­flows and ev­ery­thing floats on the floors. I can­not use the toi­let, es­pe­cially when I am alone, be­cause I can­not close it for pri­vacy.

“The pipes have shut off, be­cause they are af­fect­ing my neigh­bours’ yards, so now I do not have any ac­cess to wa­ter un­less I turn on the pipes again. There are days where it is rain­ing and I am out­side. I will have to wait for some­one who is pass­ing by to push me in, but most of the times my son is there to help, and his friends.”

The bro­ken win­dows in Hlobo's home are cov­ered by card­board.

“It is dif­fi­cult to live in the con­di­tions, es­pe­cially in win­ter, be­cause we are sur­rounded by damp and wet walls in­side,” she said.

Pic­ture:SUP­PLIED

DIRE NEED OF HELP: The de­cay­ing house of Nomzwakhe Hlobo at Unit P in Mdantsane

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