Evicted caravan man loses job

2009-09-16 00:00

A 78-YEAR-OLD man who has been moved from land where he was living in his dilapidated caravan for two years said he is not happy because the remoteness of the area where he has been dumped has cost him his job and the ability to support himself.

Charles Landman was living on the side of the road opposite Cowan House Prep School in his caravan at Hilton and was evicted almost two weeks ago after his five dogs allegedly attacked the neighbour’s dogs, resulting in R10 000 in vet’s bills.

He has been relocated to the Howick Gliding Club where he has been given permission to park.

However, Landman is worried that he won’t be able to support himself or his child because of the distance that he will have to cover on his bicycle, which is his only mode of transport when going to the shops.

He says the allegations about his dogs attacking the neighbour’s dogs are simply an excuse to evict him because his dogs are not aggressive in any way. The dogs have been taken to the SPCA.

Landman was living with his son Buyine (12) who attends Laddsworth Primary School.

“Buyine now stays with other people who are my friends …[He] came here once and brought me some food, but he cried when he saw me here,” Landman said.

He says he survives on his pension grant as he cannot travel the long distance to work.

He is a car guard in Hilton.

The old man’s health is deteriorating and he has serious back and leg problems and walking is difficult, so he rides a bicycle.

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