Mokgoloboto pensioner’s house on the brink of total collapse following persistent heavy rainfall


By Theodorah waga Mawasha

MOKGOLOBOTHO-A heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in some parts of the country destroying infrastructure, a Mokgoloboto pensioner’s house has not been spared.

PICTURE SUPPLIED: Rakgoale has been living in this state for some time.

Abram Rakgoale (81) said that he has been a resident of Mokgoloboto village since 1997 and that throughout the years, he has been visited by different government officials who promised him heaven and earth. However, he has been begging for an RDP house hitherto.

Rakgoale indicated that he has been living alone in the dilapidated mud house since his wife passed away. He said that his children are adults with their own families and responsibilities.

“I am left all alone here and my situation is dire. This house withstood many bad weather conditions but now it’s on the verge of collapse. The government brought me a tent as temporary relief. I don’t know if they will return to build me a decent house “, he said.

A neighbour Stefina Marobela who brought the plight of the pensioner to Tzaneen Voice’s attention after seeing his living condition commented.

“I have written to many offices and stakeholders hoping to get Rakgoale help.  He received a tent but it won’t be conducive. He needs more”, she said.

The ward councillor Masinge Ngungunyane said that they are aware of the pensioner’s plight and that he will engage with social workers in the area, and arrange food parcels while we are deciding on means to give a permanent solution.

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