Life hard for families in incomplete RDP units
FOUR families at Mamanyoga village in Bolobedu, north of Tzaneen in Limpopo, have lived without roofs over their heads for six years after a contractor allegedly vanished without completing their RDP houses.
The project was started in 2006 but could not be completed because building materials were allegedly taken by some of the contractors to finish other projects in other areas of Bolobedu.
The Raseasala, Semosa and Senyolo families said they had been waiting for their houses to be completed for the past six years.
They claimed that instead of completing their houses, the contractor had sent some people to collect the material which was supposed to have completed their houses.
"I was forced to hide some corrugated roof sheeting that the contractors would have taken from my yard because he was completing other projects elsewhere instead of completing my house," Johannes Raseasala, spokesman for one of the affected families, said.
According to Raseasala, 58, who lives in a two-roomed shack with his wife and 15 children, he was forced to buy cement with child grant money to complete the floor of his RDP house.
Raseasala is unemployed and his family survives on social grants.
He also claimed that he had used some of the corrugated iron sheeting that he hid from the contractor to complete his RDP house.
Mmaphetola Semosa is a pensioner whose house was left without a roof. She lives in a dilapidated thatched hut with a leaking roof.
The affected families appealed to the provincial government to intervene so that they might have decent homes.
Spokeswoman for the greater Letaba municipality, Lovers Sibanda, said they were aware of the problem and had sent a list of all abandoned projects to the department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs in the province for direction.