Tree trimmings frustrate residents

2018-11-29 06:00
PHOTO: andilE sitholeAmba Reddy stands in front of a pile of tree branches outside her house.

PHOTO: andilE sitholeAmba Reddy stands in front of a pile of tree branches outside her house.

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QUESTIONS have been asked about a pile of tree trimmings dumped outside Old Pension Cottages in Plein Street, Tongaat. Residents lodged a complained with eThekwini Municipality after a company contracted to the council dumped tree trimmings outside their homes on Tuesday, November 13.

The visibly shaken pensioners, claimed that workers from a company hired by the municipality cut trees from their yards and dumped it on a driveway leading to the cottages.

Amba Reddy (88) said the debris blocked her windows.

“I can’t even open windows because there a pile of tree branches that were dumped close to my house. We asked the workers to stop dumping in our homes, they didn’t listen to us,” Reddy said.

Manju Naicker is another resident whose house was affected. Naicker, a partially blind patient, she claimed that she is frightened to open windows in the evenings as she feared that criminals will use the tree trimmings as their hiding spot to gain entry to her house.

“This is totally unacceptable.

They came on Monday[November 12] and destroyed our washing lines before cutting the trees. We told them to tie the lines up when they finish their work. Up until now, our lines are lying down and we want answers,” Naicker said.

Other residents affected are two Naidoo sisters, Lilly (82) and Neela (65) whose windows were completed blockaded with tree trimmings.

Neela said: “Why they left it behind our house? We are pensioners living in these cottages for so many years. We have never been treated in this manner before, and we appeal to the council to come and remove the tree trimmings.”

The Weekly contacted the artisan plumber in charge of the maintenance at the cottages, Busisiwe Hlophe to get clarity.

“I will investigate the matter and ask the contractor go give us an explanation. However, the employees of the company went back to the site and cleared all the tree trimmings,” Hlophe said.

Hlophe confirmed that the company was hired by eThekwini Municipality.

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