Murder and robbery at the Grahamstown Municipal Dump.
A month ago I was robbed at the Grahamstown dump. I reported it to the police and also told them that there are indigent people living at the municipal dump some visibly armed with knives. I told the police I could possible identify a man at the dump who claimed he knew the youngsters who had robbed me. They told me that I should go and get him from the dump and bring him in to make a statement. Can you believe that, telling the victim to return to the scene of the crime and do his own investigation? When I suggested they drive out there with me the officer retorted – “We don’t have a vehicle available.”
A few days later the police followed up – laughingly – they phoned me and asked if I had yet gone to the dump and got hold of the potential witness. Well of course I didn’t return there to investigate; and since my insurance paid out I did not return there for as long as possible. I heard no more from the police after that.
Today I plucked up the courage to return to the dump, this time with a companion to assist me. What should we see on arrival but a man dead on the ground in the municipal dumping grounds! He had been stabbed to death according to the high tech guard. Paramedics were standing around, but evidently had given up any hope of assisting the man as he was unattended. The police were nowhere to be seen.
Believe it or not the dump has a “no unauthorised access” sign at the entrance. The supervisor at the dump told me to drive right into the middle of the dump, exactly to where all the indigents are standing. These people surround your vehicle when you stop. I refused – parked next to a dead man – I was not at all feeling comfortable. The supervisor kept on insisting I do so even when I told him I had been robbed before when venturing further in. Eventually, I got out of the vehicle and off loaded the rubbish right at the place where I was arguing with the supervisor. In a huff he wrote down my licence plate number – what a joke - as if I am the one breaking the law. Suffice to say I will not enter the Grahamstown Municipal Dump again. I understand now why people are dumping their refuse outside the entrance, as one is literally risking life and limb entering the area.
Please people do not go to the dump unaccompanied, do not get out of your vehicle and do not drive out of sight. Cyclists and joggers beware, locals tell me they have been mugged when walking in the area.
I wonder if the municipality will take action and secure the area before someone else loses their life and / or property - somehow I doubt it.