CBD residents live in fear

2017-08-30 06:02
The remainder of a house in Pietermaritz Street where whoonga addicts sleep.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

The remainder of a house in Pietermaritz Street where whoonga addicts sleep.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

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RESIDENTS on the corner of Pietermaritz and West streets are living in fear after one of them was stabbed on Saturday night, allegedly by whoonga addicts who live in an abandoned house in Pietermaritz Street.

Residents claim that since the Ematsheni buildings were demolished this year their lives have been a nightmare as the whoonga addicts who used to live there are now living in the abandoned house next to them.

There are two abandoned houses which the addicts utilise - one to sleep in and one where they smoke drugs.

Thandeka Dladla, who lives next to the house where they sleep, told Maritzburg Fever that the house used to be rented until it was vandalised in 2015.

She said they did not have problems before whoonga addicts became their “neighbours”.

“We are scared to go to the shops now because of these people. At night they are everywhere trying to rob people­.

“This place is not safe anymore, other tenants had to move away because there were always break-ins.

“These people are scary. This place is like a bush now where you can’t walk alone. Something needs to be done before its too late. We want this house demolished if the owers are not going to take care of it,” said Dladla.

Another resident, who lives next to the other house told Maritzburg Fever that the whoonga addicts use the building to smoke drugs every night.

“Recently they tried to burn the electric cables, but the fire got out of control and we had to call fire fighters.

“We are tired. It is not only a hideout for drug addicts and a place for them to smoke drugs, it is now also a dumping site.

“The smell that comes from this place is unbearable,” he said.

The issue with whoonga addicts and vagrants is also a problem in the CBD as they have forced some businesses to relocate.

Msunduzi municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha was approached for comment but none was received at the of going to print.

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