With her tear-stained-face, 105-year-old granny Jabulile Zondi expressed her gratitude after she was selected out of many by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for human settlements as the beneficiary of a home yesterday. 105-year-old Zondi said God sent the MEC to put a smile on her.
“I’m so happy with the MEC’s gesture. He’s a godsend and I see God’s power in him,” said the partially deaf centenarian.
MEC Ravi Pillay made the announcement during his budget speech in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature yesterday, that his department would build “the struggle veteran” a house to call her own. which is expected to be completed by June 30.
Gogo Zondi happened to be one of the two struggle veterans selected to receive homes which will be completed by June 30. A native of Hammarsdale, Zondi is a centenarian who has lived through two world wars and apartheid but after all these years, she does not have a proper home.
Zondi was born in 1911 in Ladysmith and continued he life in Embo, near Hillcrest after she got married in the 1930s She finally settled in Hammarsdale, where she was able to rent a back room and carried out some underground work for the ANC until the area later became an IFP stronghold.
She lost her home and one of her sons who is an ANC activist at a time that political violence plagued KwaZulu-Natal in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Fortunately for Zondi and her grandchildren, their story is bound to change in the next two months. The other beneficiary is unionist Kay Moonsamy of Chatsworth, who will receive the keys to his brand new home as he clocks 90 on July 5.
The house where Zondi lived in Unit 4, Mpumalanga township was blown away by a storm in 2010 and she has been residing in a transit camp with three grandchildren as she has lost all her children (3 girls and 2 boys).
Regional manager of Human Settlements Elijah Cele said the house which is usually 40 square metre unit would be enlarged in the case of 105-year-old Zondi so as to accommodate her three grandchildren staying with her.