Dorcas Semakane, 48, a resident of ‘Tentville’ in Boshoek outside Rustenburg says a house will make her happy

She has been living in a green military tent provided by the Rustenburg local municipality at plot 99, after their houses were demolished in 2014.

She is unemployed and survives on odd jobs she finds around the farm. She said her basic need at the moment was for bricks and cement, in the form of a house.

“I need a roof over my children’s heads. We have lived in this dirty tent like pigs for a long time. I have been living in this tent for six years and I’m tired. I work in farms around here for R50 per day for my kids to eat,” she said.

Semakane was born in Boshoek and has lived there her whole life. She shares the musty tent with her children, aged between 33 and four years old. There is no kettle, stove or bed.

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She said in September 2017 the rain ruined all her furniture and she now had to sleep on the dirty floor.

“I do not have even a bed anymore. When it rains water comes in from under the tent. This municipality must keep their promises because we vote for them,” She said.

Maria Rakuba, 58, has been living on the plot for 22 years. She said living in a tent is a nightmare.

“We don’t have electricity in these tents, no water and no life. We get water filled in a tank by municipality but it has been dry for two weeks now…”

Her tent, like many others, is secured with wires because the zippers have broken. Maria said she fears for her life each time she needs to sleep.

Rustenburg local municipality spokesman Andrew Seome said the matter was being investigated.

On Monday morning, residents from plot 99, commonly known as ‘Tentville’, barricaded the R565 road linking Rustenburg and Sun City, demanding houses.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse the protesters who had barricaded the road with rocks, tree branches, burning tyres and logs.

Author: ANA Newswire