Irate resident accuses municipality of neglect

2020-01-22 06:01
A home owner in Carter Street says the long grass outside his property is a safety hazard and an eyesore.  photo: andile sithole

A home owner in Carter Street says the long grass outside his property is a safety hazard and an eyesore. photo: andile sithole

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“MY house is slowly becoming an eyesore due to the overgrown grass that has almost climbed over my fence. I even picked up used condoms near my driveway recently.”

These were the words of Thulani Ngcobo from 185 Carter Street who claims that the overgrown weeds and invasive plants in the area just outside his property boundary are affecting the value of his property.

He said grass has overgrown because municipal workers have not cut the grass outside his home for the past eight months.

“I have made numerous complaints to Umvoti Municipality, and have asked them to come and cut the grass. The grass and invasive plants are growing in the property that belongs to the municipality. Municipal workers cut my neighbour’s verge and ignore my house. This is nepotism.

“I fear that criminals will find a hiding spot outside my house.

“Recently, when I was cutting the grass, I picked up used condoms inside the plants.

“I am concerned because my house is a few metres away from the King Edward Park.

“My house is slowly becoming an eyesore due to the overgrown grass that has almost climbed over my fence,” Ngcobo said.

The irate resident claims that when he phones the municipality to report the matter, nothing is done.

“I have young children that are not supposed to be exposed to these disgusting things.

“My driveway has become a haven for prostitutes.

“I have taken it upon myself to hire lawn cleaners to cut the grass, at least in the front of my property.

“When I complain to the municipality I am [told] that municipal workers were retrenched, [but] the grass has not been cut for eight months. As ratepayers, we do not anticipate this kind of service from our municipality,” he said.

When the Gazette visited Ngcobo’s home on Friday, January 17, the resident was visibly upset, threatening to take further steps should the municipality fail to respond to his grievances.

Spokesperson for Umvoti Local Municipality Phindile Phungula said: “The matter is currently being looked into as there seems to be no records of the matter being logged. The municipality however wishes to apologies for the inconvenience caused in this regard.

The grass cutting will immediately commence as planned today[Tuesday].”

Customers are urged to log their queries to K Maharaj on 033 4139104.

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