105-Year old gogo’s dream of o

105-Year old gogo’s dream of owning her own home finally comes true

Jabulile Zondi says her life has been greatly improved.

105-Year old gogo’s dream of o

Gogo Jabulile Zondi’s dream of owning a house again has finally come true. Her house collapsed during heavy rains in 2010 and she has since been living in a transit camp. But now, the 105-year-old has been handed keys to her own new house.

“We will spend our first night in the house tonight and I am so excited. I don’t think I am going to sleep tonight [Tuesday] because I am too excited,” she said.

“I think God has kept me alive for this long so that I could see this day. It is truly a dream come true,” said Zondi.

In a telephonic interview with News24, Zondi said she was born in uThukela in 1911, five years after the 1906 Bhambatha Rebellion.

“You know I am uneducated so I don’t know the date or the month. I have to ask the children when my birthday is,” she said.

She has never worked, but did marry and had seven children. She said in the 1980s, she was kicked out of her house after her husband died in Embo. Following her husband’s death, she lived with relatives until she could find a home for herself and her grandchildren. But that house collapsed and she had to share a room in a transit camp.

“Life there was really bad. The house I got now is so big. I will share the house with my grandchildren,” the elderly woman beamed, adding that she loved everything about the two-bedroom house.

“There is electricity, water, tiles, a table and chairs.”

She said the quality of life was going to improve now that she had a proper home again.

“I am still shocked. This was not supposed to happen to me because I am a nobody. God took me and made me important, I have no words.”

When asked what was her secret to a long life, she said, “It’s God’s grace really, I don’t have any secrets,” she said.

News24 adds:

ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma in a statement said one of Zondi’s sons, who was an ANC political activist, disappeared during KZN’s violent conflict and was still unaccounted for.

He said when the ANC Veteran’s League hosted a birthday party for Zondi in April it was shocked to find that the elderly woman, who was a year older than the ANC, lived in a transit camp.

The MEC was contacted and he promised to have the house built by June 30, explained Zuma.