Residents urged to complain

2015-10-13 06:00

A Kewtown resident warns of vigilantism in frustration of criminal elements in the area.

Resident Michael de Lillie says he is livid at the lack of response from the police and the City of Cape Town.

He is concerned about the increase in house burglaries and the removal of equipment from properties in and around Field Crescent.

“Residents have been threatened and assaulted. There is alcohol drinking and loud music from cars in the road during the week in the daytime.”

De Lillie alleges that schoolchildren are bunking and doing drugs at an address in the area.

“All of these actions are daily occurrences and we as the residents in the road have had enough. We report as much as we can to the officials, who to our mind seem to brush our complaints aside and do not take the proper action,” he says.

“We as ratepayers would like to know: How is it possible for this to happen in an area where most of us try to adhere to the law and pay our rates and taxes and get nothing in return from the responsible people?”

He says he has reported numerous incidents, ranging from domestic disturbances to house break-ins and assault, to the police as well as the City of Cape Town.

“When people are staying in rental stock, they are obligated to adhere to the terms and conditions of their lease agreement,” says ward councillor Suzette Little. “One of the conditions of the lease agreement is that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated. So if somebody is acting out of the ordinary, be it as much as swearing or interfering, that is deemed as antisocial behaviour.”

Little explains that if these incidents are reported, the information should be handed over to them to have the City’s housing office investigate the matter, and the tenant will be notified to represent his case.

Little says she welcomes input from community members and encourages them to follow up queries, regardless of the time it takes to respond.

“If you do not get feedback within an appropriate time, you have the right to ask why you have not received an answer and if they told me that they have not received a response, we will then in turn ensure that we follow up with the housing department or official or whoever was given the case to find out the reason why they were not informed.”

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