Msunduzi to keep Lotus Park safe

2015-01-15 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality will spend more than a ­million rand to secure Lotus Park in Northdale.

The park has been a source of complaints from ­residents who say it was being used by criminals as a short-cut.

Residents said criminals hid in the park waiting to pounce on their homes or used it as an escape after ­committing crimes.

Ward councillor Rooksana Ahmed, officials from Msunduzi parks department and a community-based ­organisation held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the fencing of the park.

It was revealed that the municipality will pay a service provider about R1,2 million to erect a palisade fence.

In 2013, residents went on a clean-up campaign to clean the park and cut the tall grass that was allegedly being used as a hideout for truant school pupils and their ­boyfriends and girlfriends.

Other residents previously complained that the park had become a haven for drug pedlars and prostitutes.

During the discussion about the fencing there were concerns that it might affect the poor people and children from the Site 11 informal settlement who use the park as a short-cut to go to school and work.

Ahmed said this and other issues regarding the fencing of the park should be clarified by the end of the week.

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