Deathtrap building still standing

2016-06-08 06:00
Isaac Adams, councillor in the Korsten area, at the old Walkims building in Highfield Road Korsten. Photo: THEO JEPTHA

Isaac Adams, councillor in the Korsten area, at the old Walkims building in Highfield Road Korsten. Photo: THEO JEPTHA

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE dilapidated Walkims building in Korsten which became the concrete tomb of a teenage boy last year, still stands out like a sore thumb in Highfield Road.

Initially, the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality was apparently going to demolish the building on the day that the body of Renaldo Burches (14) had to be retrieved from underneath a heap of rubble when a wall caved in on top of him.

Renaldo and a friend were busy collecting bricks to sell for extra income in October last year.

“Today, even after the death of one of our children, the dilapidated building is still here and the life of another person could be claimed,” said Isaac Adams, a councillor in the area.

Municipal spokesmen at the time said it was a “tough battle” to demolish a building without the consent of the owner.

More than half a year later the building, with its remaining walls and lots of bricks and rubble, is still unchanged.

According to Adams the “so-called battle” should be simple.

“The law stipulates clearly: If the owner of a property cannot maintain or keep it safe, the municipality will do it on the owner’s behalf and send the bill to the owner.”

He said the municipality could possibly get R300 000 for the property if it is appropriated, while the owner has R850 000 debt in rates.

Mthubanzi Mniki, municipal spokesperson, said the municipality’s legal department and housing department are handling the situation.

“It is still too early to say what will become of the building.”

Mniki did not respond to questions about a timeframe for the process.

But residents hope that the municipality will soon come to their rescue.

“The building is a nest of evil things,” said Mira Classen, a resident of Glendinning Street.

She said apart from the death of Renaldo, the building accommodates drug users and sex workers.

“The property has so much potential. It is in the middle of the area, close to everything. It can rather be used to build an internet café or youth centre for our children,” Classen said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.