Ash Road residents fed up with Jika Joe

2010-01-22 00:00

ENOUGH is enough.

So says Ash Road resident Neville Camp. He and his neighbours are at their wits’ end about the filth and illegal electricity connections among the nearby residents of the Jika Joe settlement.

Camp says dumping by settlement dwellers is so bad that those living in Ash Road can no longer open their windows on hot days as the stench emanating from the waste is too terrible to bear.

“The whole village is fed up. My next-door neighbour never had asthma but now all of a sudden they’ve got asthma. Children are getting chest pains and I’m also getting chest problems,” said Camp.

He said the municipality told them the settlement would be temporary, but they have been living next to it for the past 16 years and there are now more people than before.

Camp said he is tired of complaining to the municipality because nothing is being done.

“The municipality is always defending the squatters, yet they steal our electricity and our lights get blown out.

“We’re tired of this. What is going to be done? They keep saying these people are going, but they’re bluffing us and the situation is getting worse and worse,” Camp said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo confirmed complaints have been received from residents of Ash Road regarding the illegal electricity connections.

“The illegal connections are done on council’s supply, which means that they are stealing from the municipality and not the residents.

The ward councillor together with our public safety and electricity units respond promptly to those reports and perform instant disconnections,” Ngcobo added.

She disputed Camp’s claim that the settlement’s population has grown.

The municipality’s public safety unit is monitoring Jika Joe and informal houses have not been on the increase, as far as is known, she said.

“The housing settlement is temporary and there are plans for a social housing project in the near future.”

Ngcobo advised concerned Ash Road residents to contact their ward councillor directly when they want to report cases of illegal connections or any other issues.

“Together we will conduct an investigation and follow up on the culprits in order for legal action to be taken against them,” said Ngcobo.

• Residents can report illegal dumping to the public safety unit at 033 392 2908/9.

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