Scottsville residents call for thicket to be cut after burglar break-ins

2014-09-02 00:00

FRUSTRATED Scottsville residents want a thicket on Harcourt Road to be felled as they claim it provides refuge for criminals.

Residents say burglars break into their properties and run back into the bush. One of the residents, Cameron Christian, said he reported the matter to the councillor and Msunduzi Municipality but nothing has been done.

“I suffered a break-in and the perpetrators entered my property through the field behind my house. Two weeks before that, my neighbour also suffered theft, as the perpetrator gained access to their property,” Christian said.

“We have people staying in the bush. We know this as we hear voices coming from it. We see clothing being dried on the trees. There are human faeces, and walking trails and caves have been made. Their advantage is that they can see us, but we cannot see them.”

Councillor Naleni Atwaru said she sent numerous e-mails — seen by The Witness — to the relevant officials and departmental heads but has received no responses.

“We have informed SAPS from the safety point of view for their monitoring and data purposes. We confirm that the deputy manager has been informed via e-mail and that we have not received any responses from them,” Atwaru said.

“We will continue following on the processes. This is a matter for SAPS to investigate, depending whether these have been reported accordingly. I have not been aware any other burglaries, except from the complaint from one resident.”

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said he was not aware of the matter. “They [the residents] must contact the municipality to cut the bushes.”

Municipality’s marketing and communications manager Thobeka Mafumbatha said: “The municipality is currently investigating the issue and we will deal with it accordingly. Regarding the issue of burglaries, residents should inform the police.”


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