Jika Joe meeting postponed

2010-06-29 00:00

A MEETING between residents of Jika Joe informal settlement and officials from Msunduzi Municipality was postponed at the eleventh hour due to low turnout at the city hall yesterday afternoon.

The meeting was meant to discuss crime, prostitution, illegal electricity connections and tensions between the Jika Joe residents and their neighbours.

Jika Joe community representatives were to have met ward 33 councillor Peter  and acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko.

SA Police Force Warrant Officer Hamilton Madakana, who is a sector police manager, said the meeting was postponed because most of the representatives from the settlement did not attend.

“We have postponed it to a date yet to be decided,” he said.

Madakana said his concern is crime in the settlement, which results from lack of development.

Jika Joe residents have raised concerns about crime , which they blame on young men living in the settlement . When The Witness visited the area yesterday afternoon, a group of young men were seen with copper wire that they had allegedly stolen.

Said one resident, “The municipality must deal with crime in this settlement. We cannot take any more. I don’t want to talk too much because I live here.”

Another resident said the meeting was going to be in the interest of the people living in Jika Joe.

“This area has lots of crime as a result of poverty. Theft, hijacking and prostitution are our big concerns,” said the resident.

He said the residents were also concerned about the uncontrolled erection of houses, which leads to overcrowding.


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