Port Elizabeth residents blocked major roads yesterday (30 March 2016) to protest against delays in building houses they had been promised by the municipality.
More than 200 angry residents of NU12B blocked the R334 and R335 roads to Addo and Uitenhage.
Two years ago the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality embarked on a programme to rebuild hundreds of houses which had been badly built.
The protesters gathered at a construction site on NU12 where they protested against the slow delivery of their houses.They said they were moved into shacks when their houses were destroyed and are still living in the shacks six months later.
Residents say they have been waiting for promised houses for too long. Photo: Joseph Chirume
Resident Ncedo Mafa, 52, said he had been moved into a shack at the back of his house in September last year.
“I came here in 2011 and got this house in bad shape. It was badly built with its roof leaking and window panes were collapsing. In September last year I was told to build a shack at the back as the builder destroyed the main house. Since then nothing has come out of it. I have an asthmatic daughter who can not continue living in the shack. It is cold and wind blows dust into it.”