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Blind, elderly Overberg woman hopeful elections will usher in change

Rita Hendricks lives in a structure built of wood, sink and plastic says government has forgotten them.

Sixty-one-year-old Greyton resident Rita Hendricks has been blind for the past 23 years. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Residents in the Overberg town of Greyton feel the elderly and disabled are being neglected by government.

The modest town is nestled between Riviersonderend and Genadendal in the Theewaterskloof Municipality.

Just over 15 percent of the 3,000 strong population are of pensionable age.

Sixty-one-year-old Rita Hendricks has been blind for the past 23 years, and while she's not considered to be an elderly woman, her harsh living conditions seem to have aged her well beyond her years.

Hendricks lives alone in a structure built of wood, sink and plastic sheets in a backyard of a Greyton residence.

She says life is hard for the old and disabled living in the Overberg town, and government hasn't done much to help.

"All I want is a house. It's not nice at all - I feel like I live in a prison".

She was unable to register to vote in the upcoming elections, but says she hopes whoever wins will bring about change in the community.



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