Businessman fears fraudsters targeting his litter

2010-10-05 00:00

A PROMINENT businessman in Hilton is suspecting foul play after he learnt that his rubbish was found scattered at the Mountain Home plantation with his business card and receipts of his bills strewn.

The businessman, who cannot be named for his own protection, denied that he illegally dumped the refuse bag in the plantation.

He suspects that his rubbish could have found its way to the plantation because someone wanted information about him or perhaps intended to use his bank account details for fraudulent purposes.

“I am saying this because some fraudsters go through one’s garbage to see if they can find any material like identity documents and bank accounts to use for themselves,” he said.

“I have a domestic worker who takes care of my waste and if it is not collected she always puts it back into the house … I [also] suspect that it could have been the poor people who always want to check what the refuse bag contains in hope that they might find something useful that they use for themselves.”

The acting municipal manager for uMngeni Municipality, Sandile Buthelezi, said: “Residents are encouraged to report illegal dumping to our environmental health section [community services]; there are two peace officers who investigate, and if they are able to identify the culprits, they will be fined accordingly.”

He said the land on which the businessman’s rubbish was discovered is privately owned and owners are responsible for fencing and putting up notices to prevent illegal dumping.

“Domestic refuse is collected from residential areas once a week and recycling drop-off areas are available in the Hilton area,” said Buthelezi.

“We have landfill sites — one in Hilton is closed and has an interim capping, the other, which is also licensed, is in Currys Post, Howick,” he added.

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