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His wife, Lea, says she received the letter addressed to her husband. The couple, who stay in Stag Crescent, Eastridge, is unemployed. They are unable to pay their arrears. Peter had been wrongfully diagnosed with TB at a state hospital earlier this year after complaining of an persistent cough. After two months, doctors diagnosed him with lung cancer. He is currently being cared for at his home after being discharged from hospital last week. Lea (52) says: “He is on morphine and cannot walk. I felt I could not show him this letter. He needs to get better without worrying about rent arrears. “(He is) a man who has worked for his fami- R64 950 2000 BMW 320i (E46) Full House, Leather Interior, Alarm, CD Shuttle, Alloy Wheels, Service History R79 950 R59 950 2008 Chana Star 1.3 Club Cab CD Player, Alarm, Canopy, Towbar, Rims 100 500Km’s R39 950 ly all his life. To see him like that is so sad. He was the only breadwinner. “He can only sit up for five minutes and I have to care for him so I do not have the time to fight with the City to make an arrangement for payments or the scrapping of our arrears. “We have stayed here for the last 30 years and have been paying rent all this time. It is time the City transfers the house to us. There is no income and I do not know what lies ahead for my husband.” Lea says even when he suffered from gout he still went to work to ensure that he could provide for his family. But he is now no longer able to do so. Ian Neilson, of the City’s finance department, says: “According to our records, Peter Joseph has never applied for Indigent Grant relief or entered into an agreement. He entered the Debt Management Process, on 12 April, and is currently on Level 3 (the first formal visit). His arrears stand at R 27 240,33 as of June 2003. The debt was accumulated since 1 March 1989.” April Engelbrecht, chairperson of the Eastridge and Beacon Valley Residents’ Association, says: “The City operates like a business instead of working for the people.” The Joseph couple are not alone. Fouzia Bantom (40) and her sister Faiekah Philander (42) have been staying in Gazelle Street, Eastridge, for the last 29 years. The pair say they are struggling to make ends meet. They have been served a summons for R2 000 in rental arrears. Bantom says she has received a letter from the ITC Credit Bureau on behalf of the City of Cape Town for R25 560 for her water bill. Bantom questioned how this could be possible if her water has been on a trickle system for the last four years. “I was expected to pay R560 for rent. I have gone to the council offices seven times to submit an affidavit confirming my unemployment. Jobs are scarce. 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