Criminals ‘terrorise’ residents

2019-04-04 06:01
The old buildings in Langa are going to be refurbished into a museum.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

The old buildings in Langa are going to be refurbished into a museum.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Special Quarters residents in Langa are livid because of their appalling living conditions. They are accusing authorities of turning a blind eye to their problems.

According to residents, the area is a breeding ground for criminals. Residents are often robbed of their valuables in the night and nothing is being done to address the situation.

Suspected criminals use a nearby bush to commit their evil acts.

Irate resident Mzwandile Qotoyi said their lives are in danger because of the criminals. “People get robbed when they are walking through the bush at night. The criminals are using the bush or an old building to smoke drugs. We’ve been asking the councillor to assist us to cut the bush to no avail,” he said. He added that the area is filthy and filled with rubbish.

Qotoyi claimed that the majority of people in the area are unemployed and are marginalised from the local projects.

“We just see people being hired to clean in our area without our knowledge. We don’t know how they get hired,” he said.

Ward 51 councillor Nomtha Dilima explained that the area falls under the Human Settlements Department and the department has the prerogative to hire cleaning companies.

“The Department of Human Settlements had dispatched its company last year to clean that area and the residents from Special Quarters chased them away citing that no one can work there besides them,” said Dilima. She added that the City had no right to clean that area.

She further explained the reasons why the old buildings were left unattended. It is going to be refurbished into a museum.

“They were part of the old hostels that were built in Langa. So, the plan is to build a museum that is going to portray all the history of Langa,” she said.

However, Ntomboxolo Makoba-Somdaka, spokesperson for human settlements provincial minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, refuted Dilima’s comment that the land belonged to the department.

She stated in an email, “Please be advised that the property in question belongs to the City of Cape Town. They are best placed to comment on your story.”

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