Holy fire risk

2015-05-19 06:00

Vagrancy and dumping at a holy site are creating a fire risk.

This after nine fires have been reported at a kramat in Oudekraal in six months, says community police forum spokesperson Bernard Schaffer.

Occasional vagrants camp at the Sheikh Noorul Mubeen kramat, leaving behind refuse and human waste, he explains.

“It’s a health issue. There are no ablution facilities and the area is not designed for camping,” he says.

In addition, fires started by the vagrants are adding to the risk of fires spreading into Table Mountain National Park, he believes.

The site falls under the management of the Cape Mazaar Society, confirms Sanparks spokesperson Merle Collins.

“Sanparks has not received any similar reports. However, there are caretakers looking after the Oudekraal kramats. In general we patrol the broader Oudekraal area,” she says.

The kramat commemorates the life of Sheikh Noorul Mubeen, who was banished to the Cape in 1716 and incarcerated on Robben Island.

Cape Mazaar Society chairperson Mahmood Limbada says the organisation has not received any reports of littering or vagrancy.

“This is probably because visitors to the kramat either take it upon themselves to clean up the mess left there by vagrants or simply do not know whom to contact,” he says.V

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