Vagrants, dirty water outrage residents

2017-08-17 06:01

DIRTY water, loud and aggressive vagrants and piles of rubbish have Jeffreys Bay residents seeing red.

According to an irate resident, water overflowing from the stormwater drain on the corner of Da Gama Road and Flame Crescent caused the death of several animals over the last two years.

“After being stagnant for a day of two, a white foam layer forms on top of the contaminated water - killing animals that drink from the water,” says one resident.

“What would happen if an innocent child played in the water, or even drank the water?”

According to the resident, their problems do not stop there - anything but.

“The open area at the pump station in Da Gama Road is languishing in disgrace as garbage is strewn across the area,” she says. “It’s an awful experience to see and smell the heaps of rotting rubbish.

“There is also a growing number of vagrants and addicts occupying the area - creating a serious health hazard. They use the bushes as a toilet, and drink and curse into the wee hours of the night. It is a struggle to sleep at night.

“The stench is unbearable.”

According to the irate resident, she repor-ted the matter to the Kouga Municipality on numerous occasions, but nothing has been done to date.

Residents now demand that the municipality fence the area and increase their patrols to ensure that municipal workers indeed clean the area, instead of sleeping under the big tree in front of the pump station.

According to Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson, the municipality is not aware of any animals dying. “However, there was a problem at the complex some two months ago. Dirty water was running from one of the businesses at the complex into the stormwater system. The municipality’s Environmental Health section was able to resolve the matter with the assistance of the ward councillor and the complex management.

“If there is any recurrence of the dirty water, we ask residents to notify our Environmental Health section at 042 200 8302.”

The matter with regard to the vagrants has been reported to the head of the municipality’s Law Enforcement section. “They will follow it up as a matter of urgency,” says Benson.

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