Our homes devalued!

2018-07-12 06:01
Moonwood Drive divides residents from Siyahlala informal settlement and Hazeldene. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Moonwood Drive divides residents from Siyahlala informal settlement and Hazeldene. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Residents in Hazeldean are up in arms over the building of shacks near their houses and are appealing to the City of Cape Town to intervene and remove these, claiming they have a negative impact on the value of their bonds.

They say they find it is difficult to sell their houses because of the depreciation in value, aided by escalating crime in the area.

Christopher Msizi said the conditions have degenerated since the mushrooming of informal settlement in the area.

“The situation is terrible ever since the establishment of Ramaphosa informal settlement early this year. Within four months, seven people have been killed.

“Our street lights are not functioning because of illegal connection of electricity from the street pole.

“Our lives are in danger,” he lamented.

Msizi said the City should not allow the informal settlements to be erected closer to bond houses.

“We request the City to intervene because these people are doing crime and we can’t keep quiet as if nothing is happening. There has been tension since their arrival here,” said Msizi.

Another resident, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said they feel enclosed since their houses are surrounded by the informal settlements­.

She said the establishment of the Ramaphosa informal settlement is delaying the development in the area because that land was already identified for building a shopping centre.

“We are not safe at all because we don’t know where these people are coming from ... They will soon protest, demanding services. Because Siyahlala informal settlement has just been electrified, and the new ones have already started digging on the road in order to connect illegally.

“Now, we are planning to get lawyers to represent us to force them to move (away from) here because they (informal dwellers) have their lawyers that are representing them,” she said.

Ramaphosa informal settlement community leader Babalwa Siswana is adamant that they are not going anywhere.

“All we want is a place to stay. There is nothing wrong that we have done. We are staying far away from their houses. We are not stealing from anyone,” she said.

Siswana urged them to stop exaggerating things for publicity.

“These people are lying, only three people have been killed since we arrived here.

“It was a group of guys who were suspected of a hijacked of a car at Siyahlala informal settlement and brought it here to strip it down, during which time the owner apparently caught them and shot them all dead,” she said.

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