Upset Ramaphosa orders repair of roof

MEET AND GREET: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is swamped by supporters while canvassing for votes in KwaNobuhle. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
MEET AND GREET: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is swamped by supporters while canvassing for votes in KwaNobuhle. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

DEPUTY President Cyril Ramaphosa, moved by the sobs of an elderly Uitenhage woman at the weekend, ordered ANC leaders in Nelson Mandela Bay to repair the damaged roof of the family’s home by the end of the week.

A visibly upset Ramaphosa slammed the “lack of urgency” of municipal officials.

He was canvassing for votes in a door-to-door campaign in Uitenhage’s wards 42 and 46 on Saturday, when he heard how a sobbing Zungiswa Makinana’s pleas to the metro to fix the roof of her RDP house had been ignored.

The zinc roof sheets of the house in Ward 42 – among the first houses built in KwaNobuhle in 1995 which are plagued with defects – were ripped off by strong winds in January last year. – Rochelle de Kock

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