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‘The ANC has treated us well,’ says Soweto resident waiting for RDP house since 1996

JOHANNESBURG – Elderly Soweto residents who have been waiting for RDP housing since 1996 say their frustrations have not turned them away from the African National Congress (ANC).

The ANC has called on former state president Kgalema Motlanthe for its election campaign in Diepkloof.

Motlanthe has been making door-to-door visits and listening to constituent concerns.

Florence Banda’s family was cheerful after Motlanthe’s visit.

Banda, who is 72, says she and her disabled son have been waiting since 1996 for a house from the RDP.

“I will not lose hope because I have come a long way with the ANC since the 1980s, before Mandela was released from prison.”

Miriam Malanda showed Motlanthe her documents from 1996 when she applied for RDP housing.

“Our government has treated us well, it’s a few people who work in the government who are doing their own things wrong.”

ANC member and Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements Lebogang Maile has promised to follow up on their requests.