Welbedacht residents angered by municipality’s claim

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Residents in Welbedacht, south of Durban, are furious over accusations made by the eThekwini Municipality that they are living in their homes illegally. eNCA

Welbedacht residents are furious over comments made by the eThekwini Municipality.

People residing in this community located in the south of Durban have been told by the municipality that they have been living in the houses illegally.

The community has been living in the RDP houses for three years without electricity.

To date, the municipality has not been able to explain why there is no electricity supply in the area.

These RDP houses were handed over about three years ago.

At least 200 of them are still without power.

In a previous interview with eNCA, the eThekwini Municipality claimed Welbedacht residents were unable to get electricity connections because they had invaded these houses.

This is a statement that has added insult to injury to this community, who are insistent that they are living in the area legally.

Welbedacht resident, Nomsa Kumalo, is one of many residents with documentation proving she is the rightful owner of her house.

For four years, she and her granddaughter lived in horrible conditions in a transit camp.

She moved in the house in 2011 and was told electricity connection would only take a few months.

“He promised all these years I'm waiting, waiting, waiting, no power." 

“Here, he promised that three or eight months till now, no power,” she said.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) which has taken up the residents’ cause said it has received contradictory information from the city.

“I am currently communicating with the municipality and they have assured me that they are doing a costing now on the electricity meters, something that should have been done five years ago."

“I can't understand the allegations made but as you can see it's quite evident that there is a lack of service delivery,” said Sharon Hoosen of the DA.

The municipality did not respond to requests for comment.

-eNCA

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