Elderly couple lose hope after living in mud house with 8 grandchildren for 10 years

Elderly couple lose hope after living in mud house with 8 grandchildren for 10 years

- Margaret and Thembinkosi's mud house was partially destroyed in a 2008 storm

- They used waterproof material to shield them from rain and wind

- They have lived there for 10 years while waiting for an RDP house

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An elderly couple in Shongweni, Durban, say they have lost hope of getting an RDP house after waiting for 10 years.

Margaret and Thembinkosi Maduna's family home was partially ruined during a storm in 2008, Briefly.co.za gathered.

According to GroundUp, they had to rely on donations for roofing plastic. They also used waterproof material to cover parts of the ruined walls.

Margaret and Thembinkosi Maduna. Source: GroundUp

Margaret and Thembinkosi Maduna. Source: GroundUp

Margaret, 70, and Thembinkosi, 69, say municipal and provincial officials have not been forthcoming about their promises.

The two live with their eight grandchildren, whose parents passed away, in their mud house. The grandchildren are aged between four and 24.

Margaret said apart from a one-off R900 voucher they got from Sassa, they rely on pension money. They earned extra money from selling recyclable plastic, but it's no longer collected in the area.

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Their home was ruined during a storm in 2008. Source: GroundUp

Their home was ruined during a storm in 2008. Source: GroundUp

Thembinkosi said:

Our grandchildren sleep in a room made up of tent material and cannot sleep if it rains or when it is windy. You would think that the councillors or even the government would put children and elders living in poverty first.
We have never seen any development in this area [ward 7] since 1975. We often eat plain potatoes for dinner and with no idea where the next meal will come from.

The local councillor, Jabulani Phewa, said funds were allocated for families living in mud houses and will soon be disbursed. He urged the elderly couple to be patient.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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