PMB residents fed up with criminals

2016-05-26 09:47
The broken boundary wall bordering the Chetty Road home and the Mountain Rise cemetery that thieves use to gain access to their property.

The broken boundary wall bordering the Chetty Road home and the Mountain Rise cemetery that thieves use to gain access to their property. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Chetty Road residents say they are living in fear after thieves “constantly” gain access to their homes via the Mountain Rise cemetery.

One of the residents, who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation, said thieves have smashed their boundary wall and broken into their home more than five times in a few months.

“We do not sleep at night. We are so afraid because almost every night there are thieves in our yards,” said the resident.

She said the neighbourhood had been “stripped” by thieves who “take almost anything”.

“We cannot put our washing on the line to dry because they grab the clothes. My son’s shoes, our lawnmower and other machinery have already been stolen,” she said.

The resident said once thieves broke into their house and ransacked the kitchen for food and electronics.

“We have written to and called the municipality many times. It all just falls on deaf ears and we are fed up. When the thieves broke the boundary wall the first couple of times, my husband and I used our own money to repair the wall but now the municipality needs to do something,” she said.

She suggested Msunduzi Municipality build a higher and stronger wall as the thieves “just keep pushing down the normal concrete slabs”.

“Security guards should also be stationed at the cemetery and monitor who is around after hours. The thieves wait for us to go to sleep and then attack our homes and vehicles,” she said.

Recently The Witness reported on three break-ins in one week at the Northdale Siva Nyana Sabha in Chetty Road. Groceries for a prayer function, brass and gold idols, copper pipes and the geyser were stolen from the temple.

Msunduzi municipal acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the owner of one of the homes affected did visit the municipality.

“However, he left without giving the manager in charge of cemeteries the chance to explain how the insurance claim process works. We implore [the residents] to approach the insurance section for further assistance on the matter,” said Madonda.

Mountain Rise police did not respond to questions by the time of going to print.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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