Destitute families take shelter in collapsing Lwendlekazi High School

OCTOBER 14, 2015

The derelict Lwendlekazi High School, in Port Elizabeth's New Brighton township, which has been home to a group of residents since 2000, after their shacks were burnt in a fire, is more evidence of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality neglecting its poor, according to Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader and Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral candidate in the 2016 Local Government Elections, Athol Trollip.  

"They had no choice but to seek shelter in this dangerous structure and continue to live without access to any services," Trollip, said on Wednesday.

"Many of these residents are still not on the severely backlogged housing list, which continues to be marred by corruption and mismanagement.

"To make matters worse, over 30 people in this structure are forced to share one partially functional toilet."

Trollip said that for those residents, who make it onto the housing waiting list, homes often land up going to incorrect beneficiaries or collapse as a result of poor workmanship.

"Willie Tarentaal and his son, Steven Pienaar, have been living on the streets of Port Elizabeth for years, despite the department of human settlements promising an urgent investigation into the reasoning behind their allocated RDP home going to an incorrect beneficiary.

"Problem buildings like this one continue to pose massive risks to our residents," he said.

"Renaldo Burgess sadly lost his life last week in Korsten when a derelict building collapsed while he was inside it.

"This is a clear example of one municipal failure causing and reinforcing another."