All park but no play

2018-04-12 06:02
Concerned resident Lindiwe Xelo from Acarcia Park is on the public park that is vandalised by criminals. The residents demanding the City to fence it. PHOTO: unathi obose

Concerned resident Lindiwe Xelo from Acarcia Park is on the public park that is vandalised by criminals. The residents demanding the City to fence it. PHOTO: unathi obose

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Concerned residents in Acacia Park in Philippi East, have urged the City of Cape Town to fence the public park in the area to curb criminal activities that take place there.

Lindiwe Xelo,67, a resident, has described the public park as one of the dangerous places in the area.

“Criminals have vandalised the park and have taken the see-saw bars and the netball poles, selling them to the scrap yard,” said Lindiwe Xelo.

“Criminals sit here every morning and night, bingeing on drugs.”

She said they have reported the activities in the park to the Ward 88 Councillor, to no avail.

“A lot of scandals that are happening on this park. Last year we found a male corpse lying there . We report these to the police whenever these criminals sit here ... Sometimes they come,” she said.

Another resident, Sibongiseni Gcanga,38, said there is high rate of house breaking in the area.

“My house was burgled three times last year. The last time they broke the burglar bar to gain access to my house through a window.

They stole my iron, television sets and three cooking pots,” she said.

Gcanga said she believes the criminals are from the same area.

“The park becomes a smoking spot. Every morning they sit here and smoke,” she added.

Xelo alleges that the councillor always promises to report back, but never does.

However, Ward 88 Councillor Siphiwo Nqamnduku confirmed that he had received reports of criminal activities around the park and has vowed to fence it soon.

“I can confirm that the residents in Acarcia lodged a complaint about the public park being used by criminals.

The Sub- Council has approved the budget and has put aside an amount of R100.000 to fix all the damages and fence the park,” said Nqamnduku. “We will hold a public meeting next Wednesday with the local residents to find a solution.”

Xelo said the public also used the play park as a parking lot.

“Our children can’t even play,” she said.

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