Lane closure for safety

2015-07-28 16:31
Proportional representative councillor William Akim stands in the Moosa Walk alley which will be closed before the end of this year. The lane has been a problem in the community and residents complain of social ills.  

PHOTO: 
Chevon Booysen

Proportional representative councillor William Akim stands in the Moosa Walk alley which will be closed before the end of this year. The lane has been a problem in the community and residents complain of social ills. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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

Residents living around Moosa Walk are overjoyed that the lane, which has caused the community grief, will be closed.

This comes after residents have requested “for years” to have the lane closed due to crime and social ills taking place in the vicinity.

One resident, who requested to remain anonymous out of fear of victimisation and who lives next to the open space, says she has had problems of crime since she moved in more than 50 years ago.

“This alley has always been a problem and we are glad to hear that it is finally being closed. We had to lie many a night listening to gun shots being fired in this alley,” she says.

The resident says she had to strengthen security measures at her home because she felt “unsafe”.

“We had to put in an extra gate many years ago just to keep the unsavoury elements out. It was something that had to be done because we weren’t feeling safe any more,” she adds.

Another resident, who requested to remain anonymous out of fear of victimisation, says a petition was created years ago to request the lane closure. “It was about seven years ago that we drew up the petition to have the lane closed. However, nothing was done. Until now. And we are very happy to hear about the progress,” he says.

The resident says they are victims of unacceptable behaviour due to ongoing activity in the alley.

“When you lie in your bed at night, especially on weekends, you hear verbal abuse being slurred here. People don’t care for the well-being of residents in the vicinity,” he adds.

According to these two residents the problems are worse during summer.

“All year round you find people dumping there. It’s a huge annoyance, especially during summer. The dirt attracts flies and you can hardly open your door for fresh air or else you get the odour and you have flies in your house all day. This is worsened when you have people urinate there as well,” they say.

Proportional representative councillor William Akim says he received good feedback from the community after doing a door-to-door visit asking their opinion.

“Residents are happy about the closure. They have been complaining about how dangerous it is to use this alley. Cars drive through here, which adds to the already existing danger. The alley has no lighting either, which makes visibility even worse. No-one can see when somebody runs through the alley, especially when there is shooting,” Akim says.

He confirms the lane will be closed before the end of the year after the process is complete.

What are your thoughts? Starting with the word “Post”, SMS your views to 32516. SMSes cost R1

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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

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.