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Disabled man's 5-year wait for RDP house

By unknown | Jun 22, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Elijar Mushiana

A Limpopo man is so depressed about waiting since 2002 for his RDP house to be completed, he says he has twice attempted suicide.

Joseph Lithole, 49, who lives in a mud hut in Nngwekhulu-Vuwani outside Louis Trichardt, has pleaded with the provincial Department of Local Government and Housing to complete his house.

He blames authorities for delaying the process for five years.

The physically-disabled man, who receives a government disability grant, told Sowetan that at one stage he had decided to take his life because the Makhado municipality did not care for his needs.

"I became worried when the municipality omitted my name from the waiting list for low-cost houses," said Lithole.

He said he thought he was being discriminated against because of his disability and decided to take his own life. But decided against it.

"I nearly set myself alight in this makeshift house," he said pointing to the mud hut he lives in.

When Sowetan visited Lithole at his incomplete RDP house, shoddy workmanship was visible everywhere. The foundation slabs were sinking, walls were crooked and door and window frames were detaching from the walls.

The Makhado municipal manager, Faith Muthambi said they would completely rebuild all RDP houses in the area soon.


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