Greytown residents are fed up with illegal drag racing

2014-11-03 00:00

GREYTOWN residents have slated authorities for failing to curb illegal drag racing, which they say has been ongoing for nearly two years.

Residents said drag racing happens during the night between 8 pm until daybreak because there are no traffic police working the night shift there.

They said the hotspots are Pine and Durban streets.

They said uMvoti Municipality municipal traffic cops and SAPS are aware of the drag racing, but are turning a blind eye to it.

“This has been going on for 18 months. The noise is annoying. We don’t sleep at night because of the overwhelming noise,” said one resident who asked not to be named.

She said her neighbour is considering relocating because she cannot deal with the noise anymore. She said she had spoken to the drag-racers’ parents, but they do not believe her, despite showing them the pictures.

“The drag racers remove their numberplates to hide their identities. The cops should be patrolling the whole night. I approached Road Traffic Inspectorate but they said it’s not their jurisdiction.”

This was echoed by Lungile Ndaba who said: “They drag race every weekend. We reported it, but our concerns fell on deaf ears.” She too complained of disturbed sleep.

Ward councillor Lindani Chonco said he is not allowed to speak to the press and referred queries to the ANC Chief Whip, Sbongiseni Nzama.

Nzama said he was unaware if it and referred queries to municipal manager, Bongani Xulu, who could not be reached for comment despite several attempts.

The police referred queries to Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). RTMC could not be drawn to comment, saying, “We are in Pretoria and we don’t have a branch in KwaZulu-Natal.”

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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