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Ester Nkosi

An old woman and her family are living in a broken shack with only snakes and rats for neighbours.

And the area they live in is swarming with thugs!

Ester Nkosi (72) was left behind in Barcelona, east of Joburg when the municipality moved her neighbours two years ago.

Ester Nkosi

“When everyone was moved, the councillor told me to stay here in the bush because she was going to put me in a house,” she said.

But the gogo, her husband Lucas Langa and their 13-year-old grandchild are still living in the run-down shack they moved into 21 years ago.

They have no water, electricity or toilet.

“I rely on my coal stove to cook and keep warm in winter. This shack is full of holes and gets very cold in winter,” she said.

The shack is often flooded by the stream in front of it.

Gogo Ester said she’s terrified by the strange men she sees around her shack and keeps it locked with a chain, even in the day.

“I have no neighbours so if something goes wrong I have nobody to call. The only things around me are rats and snakes,” she said.

“Thugs strip cars near her shack. There are ­always thugs roaming around.” he said.


-Daily Sun

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