An elderly Nelson Mandela Bay woman is refusing to allow recent election promises to fall through the cracks and has demanded that politicians now put their money where their mouths are.
Less than two months after the August 3 local government elections, Nontozama Gayi, 62, is holding politicians, who promised to fix cracks in her shoddily constructed RDP house at KwaNdokwenza near New Brighton, to account.
Gayi, who was one of the Bay residents who received visits from politicians in the run-up to the elections, thought all her housing problems were over after she was visited by UDM leader Bantu Holomisa in July.
But nearly two months after the elections and nearly three since Holomisa promised to help, Gayi and her family are still contending with a “toddler-sized” crack in the house which they stuff with clothing to keep the elements out.
Speaking at Gayi’s home during his visit to the KwaNdokwenza area in July, Holomisa told newly appointed Bay deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani and the UDM’s councillor candidate for the area, Nolulu Ngqambuza: “I want you to lead by example. Don’t buy a new car with your new salary.”
“I want you to come back here and fix this house. Get the material and builders and fix it. I want to come back here in August to officially open this house, so make it happen.”
According to Gayi, she and her two family members were thrilled at Holomisa’s promise as they believed their situation would improve.
Last month, Bobani was appointed deputy mayor of the metro as a result of the new DA-led coalition government.
“We heard that Bobani has a big role in the municipality and maybe he is still going to come and fix this house for us,” Gayi said.
Bobani said yesterday a process was in place to repair the house.
“We made a promise that within three months in the council we would fix the house out of our own pockets,” he said.
“Next month we will start rebuilding the house as promised.”