Community warned of illegal dumping

2015-12-22 06:00
The property on Glenwood Road where garden refuse is being dumped. Photo: supplied

The property on Glenwood Road where garden refuse is being dumped. Photo: supplied

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RESIDENTS in Kloof are up in arms following accusations that their gardening services are using the river along Glenwood Road as a dump site for refuse.

According to resident Anton Griessel, owner of a property along Glenwood Road, this river has been repeatedly used by the garden services as a dumping ground.

“The first time I saw them dumping there, I couldn't do much about it as I was on my way to a meeting. Then three weeks later, while returning home, I saw them dumping again and stopped and told them they better stop it or else I would report them,” said Griessel.

“They agreed and I thought nothing more of it. However on 17 December I saw them on their way about to do the same thing. I went across the road to speak to the 'owner' - at least this is who he said he was.”

Griessel said that he told him that he's not allowed to do that and that he will report him if he continued.

“He became increasingly aggressive and started calling me a racist; [he said] the river area was not part of my property and that it belonged to 'them'.”

Ward 10 councillor Rick Crouch said that dumping is illegal, however people should not confront the offender themselves rather contact the relevant department.

“If the resident was threatened with a screwdriver or any other weapon he / she should immediately open a case with SAPS.”

However, Billy Slewwa of Billy’s Garden Services said that he has a reputable business and claimed that these are “false accusations against him”.
He says that his customers know of his standards and would not compromise his business by dumping.

“My vehicle was parked in the shade and the man just assumed I was dumping. He has no proof of it and he just started taking pictures of me and the van,” he said,

When questioned about the threats with a screw driver, Slewwa said that it was self-defense as Griessel also threatened to shoot him if he did not stop dumping.

Crouch added that if people witness illegal dumping they should take photos as evidence and email them along with the complaint to eservices@durban.gov.za.

“They should ensure that the photos contain the name of the company and the vehicles registration number,” said Crouch.


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