Municipality gets ‘thumbs-up’

2017-02-02 06:02
The path in Azad Avenue with the new lights that residents are happy about. Photo: andile sithole

The path in Azad Avenue with the new lights that residents are happy about. Photo: andile sithole

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ROBBERIES and muggings will soon be a thing of the past in Azad Avenue, Tongaat after eThekwini Electricity Department electrified the area two weeks ago.

According to the senior citizens the area used to be a robbery hot spot, with seniors, pupils and train commuters being the target.

Chairperson of Belvedere Senior Citizens Club Loganathan Naidoo (72) said: “We are delighted to have lights in Azad Avenue. In the past the pathway was dark making it easy for criminals to rob people.
“We have a case where one person was stabbed to death by robbers in 2013. The neighbours are over the moon and we thank the municipality and former councillor [for electrifying the area]. We alerted Michael Abraham when he was a ward councillor and requested his assistance.”

Resident Ivan Moonsamy (45) said his 16-year-old son was robbed in Azad Avenue by armed men.

“The guys took his cellphone. This place used to be dark and was not safe. Since the municipality electrified the area we feel much safer and senior citizens can walk without getting mugged.”

Ilona Gounder (21) said: “Matric pupils who were coming from a local secondary school were also targeted by robbers. In 2013 a man was stabbed to death in the same spot.”

The former ward councillor Abraham said: “The place became dangerous because many of the people were being attacked by thugs when walking on the path at night and in the early morning.
“Residents complained to me when I was the councillor and I got hold of the eThekwini Electricity Department who was willing to listen my request.
“Two weeks ago just before the school term opened I met with officials from the electricity department and they agreed to put nine new electricity poles up to light the pathway.
“Now the place is lit up and the community is safe to go to the nearby supermarket at night.
“I am always willing to work with the current councillors to share my expertise, skills and knowledge to make our town of Tongaat a better, safer and more secure place for our people."


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