Dangerous bush to be cleared soon

2015-06-16 06:00
The dense bush along the Strandfontein police station in Spine Road is set to be cleared.

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The dense bush along the Strandfontein police station in Spine Road is set to be cleared. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The bush alongside the Strandfontein police station is set to be cleared after complaints.

On a proposal from local ward councillor Elton Jansen, the City of Cape Town has started a process to see the bush next to the police station cleared.

People’s Post has previously reported on complaints about the dense bush in Strandfontein and Tafelsig after the discovery of two dumped bodies there.

A third man was found in the bush on Tuesday. He had been hijacked and assaulted before being left for dead.

Questions around poor lighting and the clearing of bush were asked in response to complaints that the poorly lit bush has created “the perfect dumping ground for bodies”.

Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for utility services, says lights in the area had to be removed. “Unfortunately, the City has been forced to remove street lighting in the area due to vandalism.

“Because of this repeated vandalism, the City has no plans to replace or install further lighting in Baden Powell or the bush area.”

However, the dirt and bush on Spine Road and Witsands will be cleared. Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, says no timeline has been set for this.

“The City’s environmental resource management department will clear the alien vegetation on the land in Witsands Road for security purposes. There are no timeframes at this stage as it involves a procurement process,” he says.

The Wolfgat Nature Reserve, where Imraan Daya’s body was dumped after he was hijacked and killed last month, will be left as is, says Van der Merwe.

“The Wolfgat Nature Reserve is a protected area that was proclaimed to protect the flora – bushes – and fauna in the area. For this reason, no bush clearing will be undertaken in the Nature Reserve apart from the removal of invasive plants that occur in the area.”


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