Problem place a peril

2016-03-08 06:00
The front entrance of the problem property in Cuckoo Crescent has no door. Overgrown vegetation can be seen in front of the house.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

The front entrance of the problem property in Cuckoo Crescent has no door. Overgrown vegetation can be seen in front of the house. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Two elderly residents of Cuckoo Crescent, Parkwood say they are fed up with a dilapidated house between their homes.

Betty Uren and Elizabeth Fortuin say unsavoury characters are keeping them awake when they visit what remains of a privately owned, vandalised home.

“Every day here are people coming in and out. They bring stolen goods here to either burn or chop up in the yard. They also do drugs in this yard and one cannot get any rest because you always have to look out for your own safety,” Fortuin says.

“This place has no doors and the roof has burnt down as well. The home burnt on three occasions already and each time we had to leave our homes and hope the fire won’t spread to our side. I have a husband who is in a wheelchair and one night when the house next door burned, I had to take my husband into the street after 03:00.

“It really is unfair for us to suffer at the hands of people who do not even belong on the property,” Fortuin says.

Uren and Fortuin says their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

“We have gone to the City already as well as the rent office but because the home is privately owned they say they can’t do anything. Even our police have not assisted us much in this regard because when we complain and call them they tell us they also can’t do anything. So what should we do?” they ask.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, says they have not received complaints about activity at the house.

“The City’s problem buildings unit will follow up on the matter,” he says.

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