Residents ashamed of neglected cemetery

2012-01-13 00:00

ANGRY Northdale residents have complained bitterly about the poor maintenance of the Mountain Rise cemetery, particularly at the entrance near the Sasol garage on the Bombay Road off-ramp.

The residents’ anger stems from seeing Msunduzi Municipality employees driving into the cemetery to cut grass, but ignoring the entrance, which has trees leaning dangerously over the electricity cables.

They also said the area is scattered with rubbish that no one has bothered to clean up.

“We have reported this matter to the municipality, however, our efforts have fallen on deaf ears,” said a resident who asked not to be named.

“When members of the community have a funeral in Mountain Rise cemetery, they feel embarrassed because relatives who live in other towns also attend, only to find that the main entrance is scattered with all sorts of litter,” he said.

He said this does not give the city a good image and that the trees are, not only destroying the pavement and the road but, they are also leaning dangerously on the electricity cables.

“We want these trees cut because they are bringing down the value of our houses, as the roots of the trees are now cracking the houses as well,” he said.

Another resident who did not want to be named said they first complained about the state of the cemetery and it took forever for the municipality to respond to their grievances. Speaking about the trees, he was concerned that if nothing is done about them, they will end up blocking the entire road.

Msunduzi Municipality acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the manager for the relevant section will go out to investigate this matter before responding to the inquiry.

“The department has currently been busy with the cutting of grass and cleaning of the Mountain Rise cemetery,” said Madonda.

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