Squatters in Hessom Street

2015-06-03 06:00
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The pavement along Hessom Street is laden with mattresses, blankets, among other items and is constantly occupied.

PHOTO: nicole john The pavement along Hessom Street is laden with mattresses, blankets, among other items and is constantly occupied.

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THE street between Upper Crust Bakery and Jonathan Spar in town has become a resting place for many homeless people.

The pavement along Hessom Street is laden with mattresses, blankets and the like and is constantly occupied. During a recent mid-morning drive along the street, people were sleeping, sniffing glue and lighting fires with the rubbish that is thrown along the street.

There have been allegations of prostitutes operating in town, sleeping there and using drugs.

The area occupied the most is directly outside the Jonathan Spar entrance on Hessom Street.

Not only is this a danger for pedestrians there, it causes traffic problems because driving along the street is difficult due to these people occupying not only the pavement, but the gutter and infringing on the road as well.

According to acting spokesperson for Msunduzi Municipality Nqobile Madonda, a multi-task team was set up to deal with the issue of the people living on Hessom Street in the CBD.

“Their presence there has been reported to various­ sections in governmentm hence a task team comprising the SAPS, provincial departments and the Msunduzi Municipality was formed and meets regularly to address this.

“It should be noted that drugs and prostitution are socio-economic problems that need joint efforts from all in society to get rid of. It cannot be true to only look at one area or sector as offering solutions to these social ills,” said Madonda.

Houses in Henrietta Street, where these people are alleged to be staying, have been demolished and they have now moved to Hessom Street.

Safe City confirmed that there have been complaints from residents in the area

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