Pensioner left homeless

78-year-old Eastwood resident, Cecilia Janneker, was left destitute after being evicted from her house by City sheriffs.

Left helpless in the harsh winter cold with all her possessions scattered around her, 78-year-old Cecilia Janneker was surprised and grateful for the assistance from the Eastwood community after being displaced by City sheriffs from her home last week.
Janneker’s house is allegedly set to be sold by her brother who is based in Germany.
According to the Janneker family, the Eastwood house was placed under the pensioner’s brother’s name after she could not apply for indigent housing assistance following a devastating fire at her last residence in which she lost everything.

Paramedics assist the elderly pensioner after she was evicted from her home.

New Hope Centre’s Jennifer Myburg, who came to the pensioner’s aid, said the community had rallied to assist her in legally reacquiring her home.
“We were contacted by the elderly woman’s daughter to assist her when she received a letter from the department of housing and the sheriff saying she was being removed,” she said.
Myburg recounted the dramatic events that lead to the community’s involvement. “She was left on the road with her furniture. Some of her things were broken. We could not sit by and just watch her suffer, so we helped gather her possessions to bring back into the house. Other items were stolen,” stated Myburg.

Jenneker’s possessions that were left scattered around her.

“Social workers and the housing department have been contacted and we are awaiting a response.” she said.
When Public Eye visited the Janneker family, the elderly woman broke down, recalling how vulnerable she felt when she was removed from her home of nearly 40 decades.
“I have lived in Eastwood for 38 years. Never did I think I would be so helpless. I just sat outside my home and they locked me out,” she said tearfully.
“While I was sitting outside with my granddaughter, some people took the opportunity to take some of my valuables. Thankfully my young neighbours came to my rescue,” said the destitute woman.
She continued that despite receiving assistance from the community, she is battling with her health after suffering a minor stroke during the eviction.
“During the ordeal, I blacked out and I have not been okay ever since,” she said.
The elderly mother of three said she could not depend on her children and was currently in the care of her 23-year-old granddaughter, Darlene Janneker.
“I’m still sitting here where they left me, trying to get help and answers as to why I was removed from my house after so many decades,” she said.
Msunduzi Municipal spokesperson, Ntobeko Ngcobo, said the matter would be thoroughly investigated to determine whether correct procedure was followed in evicting the elderly woman.
“The housing department will be contacted to review the title deed and ownership of the property before intervention from the municipality,” said Ngcobo.
Janneker’s brother, Mark Janneker, could not be reached for comment.

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Bongeka Sibisi
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