Residents complain of stench and crime in neglected neighbourhood

2013-03-13 00:00

ALL it takes is the stench of urine and rotten potatoes to know that you are at the entrance of Buttery Crescent near Boom Street.

The entrance is used as a thoroughfare to the East Street Clinic.

Residents in the area are angry with Msunduzi Municipality for failing to provide decent services.

Verges are overgrown and illegal dumping by informal traders and patients attending the clinic has left a mess on their doorsteps.

Residents say they frequently argue with informal traders about leaving their rubbish uncollected.

Jay Singh said the neighbourhood is in such a disgusting state that they had resorted to paying cleaners.

“The overgrown grass and the failure to maintain street lights have turned our village into a haven for thugs,” he said.

Fellow resident Tony Moodley said: “Last week a woman was found raped and killed in the passage because it is dark.”

Siren Moodley said people were littering and urinating in their gardens, making the area stink.

“We also have a terrible stench because of rotten potatoes that are dumped illegally by vendors in Boom Street,” he added.

A security guard working at the East Street Clinic, who did not wish to named, said taverns in the area were a problem.

“We see a lot of people getting mugged because there are no street lights in Berg Street, so these thugs drink and when they run out of money they loiter around to see if there are no vulnerable people they can rob.”

Ward 32 councillor Mary Schalkwyk said she had reported the complaints to the municipality and they were receiving attention.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma admitted there were problems in some of the areas where informal trading takes place.

“Now that we have the Informal Trade Chamber in place, we are going to seek their assistance in engaging with their people to see how the matter of dumping and keeping the place clean can best be dealt with,” he said.

Zuma said the waste management and parks departments would move into the area before the end of the week to clean it up. The electricity department had a programme in place to fix street lights, he added.

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