Councillor shocked at damaged pool

2014-01-03 00:00

THE security guard at the Eastwood public swimming pool was attacked and the facility trashed by a group of youngsters simply because they were told they could not swim while the pool was being cleaned.

Ward councillor Eunice Majola was shocked at the level of destruction, which runs into several thousands of rand. Windows were smashed, broken bottles were found littered in the pool, parts of the concrete fencing was torn down and the razor wire on top of the concrete fencing was removed.

“How could people abuse and destroy their own facility?” Majola asked.

She appealed to responsible members of the community to look after the facility. She said black areas during apartheid times did not have swimming pools and that community activists fought hard for the right to have recreational facilities. “If you look at some of the other municipalities, they are crying out for a swimming pool,” Majola said.

She condemned the stoning of the security guard who was on duty.

“If this attitude continues, I am afraid that we will not have personnel guarding this facility and ultimately the swimming pool — a necessity for the community in these hot summer days — will have to be shut down”, she warned.

According to Majola, she was told that the group of young people arrived at the pool on Saturday while the staff were servicing the pool as the water was very dirty from the previous day’s swimming. When told they could not use the facility, the group allegedly became aggressive and abusive. It is believed that the same group returned during the night to damage the facility.

A staff member at the facility complained that young people were abusing the facility. “These people come here to smoke drugs, drink alcohol and have sex on the grounds, not to swim.”

Majola said the destruction of the pool was under investigation.

The incident was brought to The Witness’s attention by the Concerned Swimming Fraternity (CSF) — a group working to improve swimming and recreational facilities in Msunduzi. The CSF’s Jay Jugwanth said the municipality does not have the resources and the expertise to look after the pools and that the Eastwood community compounds the problem by these regular acts of vandalism. “The community of Eastwood must become active citizens in addressing these destructive elements.”

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