Residents turn out to reclaim city

2014-06-13 00:00

DESPITE the cold, downtown Pietermaritzburg residents turned up in their numbers to a meeting on Wednesday night that called for residents to reclaim their streets.

The community want peace returned after prostitution, illegal B&Bs, shebeens and illegal electricity connections have plagued the area.

Residents said they wanted to get rid of the anarchy in their area and to restore law and order.

Members of the Msunduzi Action Forum (MAF) stepped in and ran the meeting. A committee was elected to facilitate future action that would be taking place with regards to the complaints in the area. The new committee will be meeting next week to plan the way forward and the initial focus will be a possible protest march in the near future.

Residents expressed surprise at the large numbers of prostitutes out on their streets. They were also concerned that they appeared to be getting younger and younger. There was a call that besides the municipality, the police and Department of Social Development needed to be involved in any campaign to rid the area of social ills.

Most residents were also concerned about the illegal electricity connections and the fact that these were endangering lives. Above all, there was a call for a clean up downtown.

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