IRATE residents of a Komga community claim Amathole District Municipality (ADM) failed to build them houses despite promising before they were moved to temporary structures.
The former farm workers said they received the piece of land in Zone 10 in 1995 and it was only in 2008 that the municipality started making plans to build them houses.
The more than 200 people said they were moved to 50 temporary structures last year and were told it would take just six months to build the community permanent houses.
A community committee member, Nobonke Tunyara, said the temporary structures were now starting to crumble and show cracks.
She also alleged that people were getting sick because of the cold and smoke from the fire.
“There are no gutters in the roofs. When it rains all the water gets trapped in the space between our houses making this place muddy and smelly,” she said.
Tunyara said they did not have basic necessities such as running water and electricity and were forced to use paraffin stoves or make fires outside on hot days.
When the Daily Dispatch visited the area yesterday, cracks in the floors, roofs and walls of the prefabricated houses could be seen.
Between the structures, which are close to one another, there were little ponds and mud. Two water tanks are provided for the more than 200 residents and there are only five outside toilets for all to use.
One resident, Nokuphumla Mbini, who suffers from asthma, said since moving to the prefabricated structures, she had to buy a generator to operate her Nebysol machine.
Nebysol is a compressor equipped with a nebuliser for administrating aerosol therapy.
“Since I moved to this house my condition has worsened. This place is damp and muddy. I am always cold,” she said.
Another resident, Thandi Lento, claimed her 62-year-old mother’s condition has also deteriorated since moving into their house.
ADM municipal manager Chris Magwangqana said they were finalising paper work with beneficiaries and would then proceed to submit a housing application.
“Great Kei Municipality is expected to submit a housing application to the provincial department of housing,” Magwangqana said.
Provincial human settlements spokesman Lwandile Sicwetsha said the municipality should notify the department on the damages of temporary shelters for them to notify the contractor to fix the problems.
“The district municipality is still busy installing services there and only when the installation of services is complete, then can we proceed with housing development plans,” he said. — email@example.com