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CCJ Helps Homeless Twins Apply for RDP House

2011/10/14 11:00:30 AM

CCJ Helps Homeless Sisters

In August 2011 Glencoe Coordinator Sibongile Mchunu (right) helped two homeless sisters to apply for a government (RDP) house. The women, who are twins, have no living relatives and have been without a home since 2005. They currently live in an old railway building, where the doors cannot be locked and there is no electricity. One of them was raped recently and they have had their possessions, including furniture, stolen over the years. The women are unwilling to enter a shelter as this would mean separating from the several dogs they keep for protection.

In July the women visited Glencoe Support Centre in tears after some residents had thrown stones at them. With the women’s permission, Sibongile published their story in a local newspaper in order to trace the culprits. She immediately received a call from a member of the KZN parliament, who asked how he could help. Sibongile replied that a new home would be the best solution, and on 25th August an official from The Department of Human Settlement visited. After an interview with Sibongile she promised that the sisters would have a house built for them.

The case shows how CCJ brings people into contact with relevant service providers, and by doing so forms a bridge between the needy and their rights.

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