Residents fuming over R12 000 fine

2009-06-24 00:00

MEMBERS of the Coronet Place Homeowners’ Association were fuming yesterday after the Msunduzi Municipality slapped them with a R12 000 fine over the erection of security shelters.

Due to increasing crime in the area, residents of Coronet Place in Mountain Rise told The Witness they found it necessary to have security measures in place.

They installed a boom gate and hired security guards to patrol the area. They were later asked to remove the boom gate after the municipality issued a notice that the structure was illegal. They complied with the order and decided to erect security shelters to protect the guards from the elements.

Yesterday, municipal officials removed the steel security structures after a complaint was lodged. A notice was issued stating that the association has to pay R4 000 for each of the three shelters removed.

When The Witness arrived at the scene, residents complained about the lack of notification.

“They didn’t consult with anyone from the neighbourhood, so I don’t think it’s fair that we should have to pay such a big fine. Besides, these shelters were on the sidewalk and they were not obstructing anything,” said resident Mahmood Oumar.

He said residents approached ward councillor Les Naidoo for assistance in getting the security project off the ground, but he refused to assist them. When residents proceeded with the project, Naidoo lodged complaints for the removal of the boom gate and the security shelters.

“Why should we be intimidated by councillors?” said Oumar.

Naidoo said that although he lives in the area, it does not fall within his ward.

“I complained about the boom gate because it was right in front of my house. I know nothing about the removal of the security shelters,” he said.

Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Mervyn Dirks said he has arranged to meet a representative of the association today to discuss the matter and see how it can be resolved.

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