Remove the settlement, say irate residents

Abandoned building on Sirkhod Road.

Petitions have been lodged on behalf of community members by Ward Councillor Renesha Jugmohan.
In a lengthy plea addressed to Mountain Rise Police Station Commander Boxer Pillay, the Msunduzi Municipality and various law enforcement units, Jugmohan outlined factors that have been contributing to the increase of crime in the area, such as the building of illegal structures and waste dumping.
Jugmohan and community members raised their concerns including the lack of SAPS intervention in the matter after several community meetings.
Residents living around the settlement demand that the SAPS urgently investigate the informal settlement on Privet Road or conduct a raid at the camp to deter the criminal element as residents cannot live in harmony,  the councillor said.
There has been no change after the meetings. Police promised to do regular patrols in the area but nothing has changed. There have been no arrests. The situation is still the same,  said a furious resident.
The plea comes after two houses were broken into within two days. Items stolen were recovered at the informal settlement.
One of the affected home owners said despite increasing their security after the incident, there was no guarantee of safety in the area.
We are constantly victims of crime, filth and noise pollution in this area. It is of great concern to us,  said the resident.
Municipality spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha, said an investigation would be lodged.
Mountain Rise Police communications head, Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry said police were actively patrolling the area and that no arrests had been made in connection with the house robberies.

Bongeka Sibisi

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