Old lady complains

2019-02-14 06:00
The shipping container next to the house of gogo Jeannette Ngalo, where an auto electrician works from and is a source of bad blood between the neighbours.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

The shipping container next to the house of gogo Jeannette Ngalo, where an auto electrician works from and is a source of bad blood between the neighbours.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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American poet Robert Frost, in his poem, Mending Walls, might have written this line: “Good Fences make for good neighbours,”.

But for Jeannette Ngalo, her neighbour’s auto electric business has come to haunt her, opening up the neighbourhood to all manner of vermin; anarchy, lawlessness and rudeness.

For Ngalo (66), from E section in Khayelitsha, the past three years have been a living hell since the neighbour opened an auto electric operation in the area, running it from a shipping container.

Called Dan’s Auto Electrician, the business has been in operation since August 2016.

She says even her frantic calls for help have yielded nothing. “The business is run from a shipping container and it severely affects the flow of traffic and the environment.”

She says her driveway is constantly blocked by her neighbour’s customers.

“My yard is always in a state of dirt, because of the oil spill,” Ngalo claims.

Despite having rubbish bins, Ngalo says customers “would just throw rubbish in front of my yard after eating. They do not have the decency of throwing it in a rubbish bin.”

When City Vision visited, Ngalo’s yard was barricaded with concrete slabs, there were also cars next to her house that came for repairs.

Ngalo says noise coming from the workshop at night was unbearable.

She says her attempts to reason with the owner has learn to scorn and derision.

“... And because I’m old, I get ridiculed while speaking out against the pollution.”

“The owner of the house tells me he needs their rent as he is unemployed,” Ngalo said.

Ward 92 Councillor Xolisa Peter said she is aware of the standoff, but blamed law enforcement and the police for failing to act against the aouto mechanics.

Wayne Dyason, from Law Enforcement, said a complaint was attended to in 2017, a compliance notice was issued and officers who attended to the matter monitored the situation before closing the complaint after they were satisfied that compliance had been achieved.

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