House of ill-repute: residents petition

2011-03-01 00:00

RESIDENTS of Prince Alfred Street have signed a petition with more than 100 signatures protesting against the condition of a house owned by a prominent eye surgeon, which has become a haven for prostitutes and thugs.

The petition has been sent to the Msunduzi Municipality.

No. 419 Prince Alfred Street, which belongs to Dr Jay Karrapian, made headlines in The Witness when a teenage girl was killed for R10 there recently.

“We have been complaining about the condition of this house for years now and it is this kind of non-compliance by the municipality that people have decided to take to the streets and embrace all forms of protests,” said an angry Moohummadh Ishaaq. He said they have given the petition to their ward councillor, Peter Green, who has handed it to the municipality.

“More so, Dr Karrapian should be ashamed to allow 39 vagrants to occupy his house and disregard the legitimate complaints of the residents and the schools in this area. Shame on him,” said Ishaaq.

He said the doctor should simply donate the house to an organisation that will put it to better use.

“Illegal prostitution is rife together with other criminal activities. The filth in the house and its surroundings is unspeakable,” said Ishaaq.

He said the community wants the house closed and if the petition fails they are ready to engage a lawyer, because local residents are prepared to pay legal fees.

“We have alerted the health department to the unhygienic environment that has been created by those occupying the house,” he added.

Attempts to contact Dr Karrapian were unsuccessful.

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