While this week’s rains have been a relief for most residents, as the city’s water supply fills up, they’ve been a nightmare for Gladys Speelman.
With water seeping up into the house from underneath the floor, she’s had to make a hole in the wall for the water to drain out and has used her own clothes to try and soak up the damp on the floor.
”When I reported the matter to my ward councilor he told me to buy cement. But how am I going to buy it because I have nothing at all,” Speelman said. ”I have accounts to pay and the children are going to school.
Speelman is the mother of two. One is in Grade 8 and the other is at Eastcape Midlands College. She’s sent the elder one to stay with her sister because of the condition of the house.
Opposite lives Nomthandazo Steerman who is experiencing the same problem.