The ANC’s deputy president, David Mabuza, handed over newly built houses to six poor families in Seshego and Mankweng, outside Polokwane. This is part of his Mandela Month program to give back to poor families.
Mabuza identified the families and promised them the houses while he was in Limpopo for the ANC’s birthday celebrations in January.
Happy Futi Letsholo showed off the first bedroom she ever owned with her husband alone. Letsholo shared a two-bedroom shack and later a two-bedroom house with her husband, children and grandchildren for most of her life.
The family is one of six families in Seshego and Mankweng who had houses built for them in their backyards by ANC deputy president David Mabuza.
The houses have three bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen with a living room.
Letsholo, who is one of the beneficiaries, expressed his joy at receiving a fully furnished house.
“I suffered and lived in a shack for many years, many people came and promised to build me a house but they never came back. Mabuza came a few months ago and now I have a house. I’m so happy.”
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Letsholo’s eldest daughter says it was difficult for her to share a limited space with her entire family. “There was no privacy in a two-room house and that affected my parents the most,” says Letsholo’s eldest daughter.
Mabuza says: “I don’t think the government is failing because there are too many people on the waiting list. So we can’t sit back and wait for all of us and say the government has to do everything so we have to try and improvise, look we changed six families without waiting for the government, that’s what the ANC has to do do we can the private sector if they can help we can help and as members of the ANC brick by brick we can change the lives of our people.’
Mabuza adds that although most of the beneficiaries are eligible for government housing, private citizens as well as the private sector must also contribute to help fight poverty. Mabuza also visited a garden owned by a woman in Seshego.
Condolences to the family of Moses Maluleke
Mabuza sent his condolences to the family of the slain mayor of Collins Chabane Municipality, Moses Maluleke. Maluleke was shot and killed by three unknown gunmen at his home in Shikundu village, outside Malamulele, on Thursday evening.
His 18-year-old son was also shot and wounded and is recovering in hospital. The motive for the killing is still unknown, but police are confident an arrest will be made soon.
Mabuza says Maluleke was a selfless and committed leader.
“Very tragically, a comrade very close to me, the mayor, I visited Collins Chabain’s house with him. We had an HIV and AIDS campaign in the area I was with him. Very sad, but I’m sure the law enforcement will be able to catch the criminals. We lost a very good man, humble and dedicated to his work. We work for the people all the time and our condolences go out to family, friends and the wider ANC family.”
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