Jika Joe meeting postponed

2010-06-29 00:00

A MEETING between residents of Jika Joe informal settlement and officials from Msunduzi Municipality was postponed at the eleventh hour due to low turnout at the city hall yesterday afternoon.

The meeting was meant to discuss crime, prostitution, illegal electricity connections and tensions between the Jika Joe residents and their neighbours.

Jika Joe community representatives were to have met ward 33 councillor Peter  and acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko.

SA Police Force Warrant Officer Hamilton Madakana, who is a sector police manager, said the meeting was postponed because most of the representatives from the settlement did not attend.

“We have postponed it to a date yet to be decided,” he said.

Madakana said his concern is crime in the settlement, which results from lack of development.

Jika Joe residents have raised concerns about crime , which they blame on young men living in the settlement . When The Witness visited the area yesterday afternoon, a group of young men were seen with copper wire that they had allegedly stolen.

Said one resident, “The municipality must deal with crime in this settlement. We cannot take any more. I don’t want to talk too much because I live here.”

Another resident said the meeting was going to be in the interest of the people living in Jika Joe.

“This area has lots of crime as a result of poverty. Theft, hijacking and prostitution are our big concerns,” said the resident.

He said the residents were also concerned about the uncontrolled erection of houses, which leads to overcrowding.

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.