Parked trucks irk neighbours

2008-03-18 00:00

A businessman who runs a funeral service and parks two 10-ton trucks on the pavement outside his property has caused outrage among his Bellevue neighbours.

The neighbours have complained, in the form of a signed petition, that Musa Khuzwayo is inconsiderate because his trucks make a huge commotion from 5 am, with engines idling, hooting and the beeping reverse signal.

This is repeated when the trucks return in the late afternoon, and then he welds and makes repairs late into the night, neighbours claim.

They say the trucks used to obstruct their cul-de-sac, and then Khuzwayo cut down two mature trees so he could park the trucks on the verge.

"The trees did not belong to him and he had no right to cut them down," said one neighbour.

"We fear most for the safety of our children who used to play in the cul-de-sac," said another neighbour, who added that the trucks frequently drive over a manhole cover.

"It can only be a matter of time before the drain collapses and houses lower in the road are exposed to flooding dangers. Children who play in the street will also be vulnerable to being injured in an open and damaged storm water drain," said another.

Khuzwayo believes the complaints are based on racial prejudice and said: "Why is the petition only written by white people?".

He said that he is aware of the complaints and was informed of the petition by his black neighbours.

"You tell those white neighbours that I will be more considerate when they start being considerate. Tell them to stop their cats from wee-wee-weeing all over my vegetables.

The cats come and s*** all over my vegetables and now I can’t eat them," he said.

"You see, not everyone is perfect. It’s only that we don’t want to acknowledge our imperfections," he said.

Inspector Nazeer Kaider told The Witness that Khuzwayo has been issued with a warning to remove his trucks from the property and failure to do so will result in prosecution.

He also said cutting down the trees was an offence, as they were planted there by the municipality.

Superintendent Deven Devar added that Khuzwayo has until the end of the week to remove his trucks, as he has been warned that failure to do so will result in them being impounded.

"We did visit him today [Monday] and will do regular checks to make sure that his trucks are not parked there. The impound will be a last resort," he said.

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