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2017-05-09 06:00
The Kraal has been the source of various security concerns, including being cited as a hideout for criminals

The Kraal has been the source of various security concerns, including being cited as a hideout for criminals

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Authorities are working on “finding a solution” to accommodate four families still left living in the Kraal informal settlement in Bo-Kaap.

Almost 20 families were relocated to Pelican Park last year in an attempt to clear and secure the Wash House Quarry, where the settlement is located. However, the remaining four families do not qualify for housing opportunities, says Suzette Little, Mayco member (North).

“These residents do not qualify for a housing opportunity for a number of reasons, including the fact that they have no identity documents, have been previous homeowners or that they refuse to be relocated,” she says. “We are currently in the process of finding a solution for the relocation of these families.”

Many of the relocated families had lived in the Kraal for over two decades.

The quarry site has been the source of various security concerns, including being cited as a hideout for criminals, which affects the broader community of Bo-Kaap and Cape Town (“Security moving in”, People’s Post, 23 February 2016).

A cyclops camera has been installed at the entrance of the quarry area to help with crime prevention. Costing around R165 000 from the ward 77 budget, the camera is linked to the City of Cape Town’s camera system and will be monitored 24 hours a day (“Big brother eyes quarry activities”, People’s Post, 24 May 2016). Trespassing signage was also installed last year.

However, there are still plans to improve fencing at the site, which Little describes as “not adequate”.

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