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Exactly a year ago Limpopo MEC for local government and housing, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, promised to personally build a low-cost house for 85-year-old Ernie Matlakala.
But the elderly granny still shares a mud hut, which could collapse at any time, with her partially blind daughter.
A disappointed Matlakala yesterday told Sowetan that she had spent the last year in high spirits, hoping to see the construction of her low-cost house.
"A year later there is no foundation. Not even a single brick has been delivered and there is no indication that it will be done any time soon," she said.
"If it rains, I have to do some washing the next day because water gets into my hut. I cannot even sleep."
According to Matlakala her hopes were raised last year when building materials were delivered to her after the foundation for an RDP house was laid. But two days later the materials were taken away.
"They told me the material was going to be used to build a house for someone else," Matlakala said.
Nkoana-Mashabane last year made a public announcement that a house would be built for Matlakala.
This was after she had expressed shock at what she had called the "appalling conditions" under which the granny lived.
"She never came back to me after that. That was the last time I ever heard from her," Matlakala said.
Malose Mogale, spokesman for Nkoana-Mashabane, said they would start building Matlakala a house "very soon". He could not explain the delay.