A Port Elizabeth woman with a disability has been living in squalor for the past six years while the RDP house built for her, and on which she had pinned all her hopes for a better life, was being used by the government as a clinic.
Wheelchair-bound Vuyiswa Manqunyana, 24, became aware of the astonishing and painful fiasco in September last year when, after years of checking the progress on her housing application, she got a printout and discovered a house had been registered in her name in 2011 already, in Motherwell.
Unbeknown to her, it had been used as a clinic since 2010 – and the Department of Health claims it was not aware the two-bedroom NU29 home belonged to anyone.
The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements provided funding for a 1 142-unit RDP housing project in NU29, while the Nelson Mandela Bay human settlement’s directorate contracted the builders.
After Weekend Post notified the municipality about the situation this week, the provincial Department of Health was given 14 days to vacate the property or face legal action.
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