Pupil ‘pilgrimage to get teachers’

DESPERATE TO LEARN: Pupils from Nkosemntu Motman Combined School in Tambo Village, from left, Lorenzo Constable, Wendy Mathiso, Akhona Sandaza , Shaun Sondlo, Thandokazi Mzimkulu and Asemahle Mntuyedwa gather outside the education department district offices in Komani to demand the appointment of a maths and physical science teacher Picture: BHONGO JACOB

AN Ilinge man says he is afraid that his RDP home will collapse on top of him.John Sizani said the modest family home, which was built 13 years ago, has now become a burden. “I moved into this house in 2004 and it was a happy moment when we walked in with my late mother and two brothers. I did not know that things would one day end up like this.”

Sizani is unemployed. “I have been living like this for the past four years. One day people could find me dead in this structure.”He said he feared strong winds and heavy rain because it felt as if the house was falling apart. “It does not have windows and the walls are cracking. At one time, the roof collapsed and I had to ask the neighbours to help me with zinc.”

His pleas for help to the Enoch Mgijima Municipality have fallen on deaf ears. “When they built this house for my mother, its condition was good. I have reported to the municipality that this house can collapse at any time. I am scared to live here, but this is my home.”

Neighbour Nomzamo Witbooi said they tried to employ Sizani for small jobs around the neighbourhood.“He is living in poverty and survives by small gardening jobs we give him. It is sad to have to watch a man live like this.”She said it was hoped that he would find a job so he could fix up the house.Enoch Mgijima Municipality had not responded at the time of going to press.

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