Doctor ordered to clean up his property

2015-02-13 00:00

A DOCTOR has been put on terms by the high court to clean his property in Prince Alfred Street, described as being in “perilous condition”.

According to court papers the property, owned by Dr Jay Perumal Karappian, is a health and fire hazard and a den for drug dealers and prostitutes.

Homeless people are living in outbuildings despite there being no legal source of electricity, no running water, no toilets and blocked drains. They have also constructed informal structures on the property.

The property is overgrown with weeds and said to be “strewn with ­human waste” and rubbish and there is a serious risk of diseases, and insect and rodent infestation.

It is situated right next to a children’s crèche.

Msunduzi municipal manager ­Mxolisi Nkosi said on affidavit the ­municipality has tried — and failed — since 2009 to get Karappian to clean up and “sanitise” the property, secure it and regularly maintain it.

This even involved charging the doctor criminally for contravening the city’s by-laws. He had paid an admission of guilt fine and undertook to clean up the unhygienic and unsafe conditions, but never did so.

Nkosi said the municipality has received “periodic” complaints since 2009.

There used to be a main house, two outbuildings and a double garage on the property, which became derelict.

Nkosi said Msunduzi’s health department investigated and served a notice on the doctor at his surgery in Thomas Street, but nothing was done.

In October, 2009, the municipality had even stepped in and “sanitised” the property, only to have it deteriorate again a few weeks later, according to Nkosi. He said there have been several fires on the property, one of which destroyed most of the main building. It has since allegedly been demolished without a demolition permit.

In 2012, there was a murder on the property.

Acting Judge Kobus Booyens yesterday granted an interim interdict calling on Karappian to show cause why he should not be finally ordered to evict current illegal occupiers on the property, to demolish all buildings and structures as his own cost, clean up and secure the property, and maintain it in a manner that will prevent any form of “nuisance”. Karappian has until March 12 to oppose the application.

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