Umbilo residents vow to march over Whoonga Park

2014-07-02 00:00

HUNDREDS of people are expected to march to Durban City Hall this month to demand that the municipality find a solution to the Whoonga Park issue.

Chairperson of the Umbilo Community Policing Forum, Ben Madokwe, yesterday said residents were afraid of the consequences should the issue remain unresolved.

The march is planned for July 12.

“This cannot go on like this. Community members are frightened and I have personally received complaints from individuals who have been mugged, with the perpetrators running into the park. In fact this happens daily. We will join forces and march to the city hall and demand immediate action,” said Madokwe.

He said among the demands is for the municipality to find a short-term solution to identifying a controlled space for the park dwellers.

Bul­wer Community Safety Forum chairperson Heather Rorrick said, “We’ve had enough talk from the municipality with little action.

“We will be out in our numbers to force the municipality to take this matter seriously. Some of those people at the park have skills.

“We spoke to a tailor and a brick layer who are unemployed. This shows that there are people who can be productive should they be given an opportunity. A controlled environment is the first step towards a solution to this problem.”

Father Dane Elsworth, who represents churches in the Glenwood/Berea area, said: “The lives of these young boys are getting nowhere. They have to steal to feed their habit hence the need to act on this with urgency.”

eThekwini deputy city manager — community and emergency services, Dr Musa Gumede, said there was a plan in place to establish a controlled reception centre where people will be screened to understand their different problems so they can be assisted.

— Witness Reporter.

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