Tenants demand peace to unruly noisemakers at La Fontana

2020-03-18 06:00
PHOTO: andile sithole Empty bottles left outside the La Fontana Centre in Pine Street.

PHOTO: andile sithole Empty bottles left outside the La Fontana Centre in Pine Street.

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FRAIL care patients and the aged residing at the flats at La Fontana Centre have called on the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Ntuli to intervene and force the police to issue a warrant of arrest to a group of noisemakers terrorising tenants at the flats.

According to the tenants who wished to remain anonymous, more than 100 youth come gather outside their flats and obstruct their entrance with more than 20 cars in Pine Street during the weekends.

The disgruntled tenants said the group of noisemakers are unruly and aggressive.

“I have reported the issue to uMvoti Municipality and the Greytown SAPS, but nothing is happening. I have been staying in this flat for more than seven years, and we never had any problems before.

“I am disappointed with the way our police officers operate. When I call them to come and remove these people [noise makers], a police officer at the charge office said there was only one police van working night shift that day. “The excessive noise is unbearable - people come with woofers, camp chairs and cooler boxes with alcohol. They play the music from 7pm until 5am from a Friday until Sunday.”

Amongst the tenants that must put up with the excessive noise, are frail care patients and the aged living in the flats.

Another tenant who refused to be named told the Greytown Gazette: “I am 80 years old. A person of my age needs to rest after taking medication, but due to the loud music that the youngsters are playing on a weekend, I am always worried every Friday because I know that these people will keep me awake until Sunday morning. This is unacceptable and I wish the MEC for Community Safety would intervene,” he said.

Last year tenants approached the Greytown Gazette for assistance.

“After the Gazette published the story it went quiet for about three months, thereafter they started again coming in big numbers on a Friday.

When the young men are drunk, they even have sex in front of our children. pants down. It’s disgusting to witness something like this,” he said.

The residents claim that the group gather outside their flats e spot from 7pm on Friday, play the music until the next morning . Among the tenants at the flat, is a 70-year old man who moved into the building six months ago.

The Gazette obtained a copy of the municipal bylaws that stated, “No person shall in public place cause or permit to be mcaused a disturbance by shouting, screaming or making any other loud or persistant noise or sound, including amplified noise that exceeds eight decible and cause people to complain”.

However, tenants said when they approach the municipality for assistance ifficials are not helping them.

Tenants said among the group of the noisemakers, there are municipal employees, the police and various heads of departments.

“When we complain to the municipality, nobody seems to take us seriously. We suspect that they are doing this to us because somne of the municipal employees are amongst the group terrorising us. We have exhausted all our options, even the police are not helping us. The police said they are unable, to effect the arrest because a copy of the bylaws has to be signed by the mayor.”

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