Five years without municipality assistance

2018-03-21 06:00
A book showing some of the calls Neville Fourie logged with the municipality in 2017 alone. PHOTO: byrone athman

A book showing some of the calls Neville Fourie logged with the municipality in 2017 alone. PHOTO: byrone athman

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WHILE reading an article reported on by Maritzburg Fever ( “Thieves hit while street lights off after suspicious drone visit”, page 4, February 22), Neville Fourie of Prestbury said he could not contain his laughter when he read that the municipality advised a home owner to log a complaint in order for them to sort out the issue of malfunctioning streetlights.

This, after Fourie has been made to wait for more than five years and still has not been assisted by the municipality even though he has logged multiple complaints.

Fourie’s house in Prestbury has an alleyway on the side with vegetation growing tall which makes it an easy hiding spot when intruders come lurking. What’s worse is that during the night it is pitch black and has been that way for the last five years due to the streetlights not working.

“I have made numerous complaints to the municipality and have been given countless reference numbers but have never seen any action being taken,” said Fourie, while pointing at a book detailing his phone calls showing some of the reference numbers he has been given over the years.

With numerous break-ins and incidents where intruders were found on his premises, Fourie has had to install heavy duty burglar guards after thieves forced their way into his outbuilding on many occasions.

“We cannot see, which makes it easy for thieves to run and hide when we wake up. I don’t know what to do anymore because I’ve installed burglar guards and barbed wire fencing, but because there is no light and it is dark at night, thieves feel safe,” said Fourie.

He also said he is often woken up by his dogs who bark towards the darkness aimlessly because they cannot see but can hear suspicious activity.

“I want to know what we are paying rates for if the municipality cannot fix a simple thing like a light and clear out hazardous municipal land,” asked Fourie. He said that should anything happen to him or any family member on his premises he will personally hold the municipality accountable due to their failure to respond to the seriousness of his issue.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha has not responsed to queries on the matter from Maritzburg Fever.

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