Controversy over

2018-07-24 06:00

There appears to be no end to the controversy over cottages owned by the City of Cape Town in Tenby Road, Wynberg.

More complaints emerged, following reports published last month ( “Fears over cottages”, People’s Post, 19 June) about concerns over these cottages.

A source has revealed that the property is rented out to a non-profit organisation at an estimated cost of R360 a year.

The source, who did not want to be named due to safety reasons, also revealed that occupants have been in trouble with the law on several occasions.

“There was a drug raid a few weeks ago at the cottages and I think a lady was arrested and spent two nights in jail for the offence,” the source says.

Previously, Mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond, denied reports about the cottages being neglected, saying there was a 24-hour security service provider. He said the cottages would remain empty until the City had made a decision about the MyCiTi route roll-out and implementation of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service between the Metro South-east and Wynberg and Claremont.

However, after weeks of back-and-forth attempts to get clarification from the City about Diamond’s statement, he then confirmed that these cottages were being leased and not being secured. Although he did not explain how, he stated that the lessees have breached the agreement and would face consequences­.

“Recent inspections revealed that these lessees are in breach of the conditions of their lease agreements. They will be given the appropriate notices to remedy, failing which the agreements will be cancelled,” said Diamond.

Some of the questions sent to the City by People’s Post were left unanswered. These included the request for the said service provider as per the previous response from Diamond, as well as whether the said tenants are a non-profit organisation as reported.

People’s Post also questioned whether residents have an interest in the actual fate of the cottages and how much are they being leased for.

Chairperson of the Wynberg Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association, Kristina Davidson, says it is confusing because the City previously said all the cottages should remain empty like those at Egglestone Road, until decisions about the MyCiTi route have been finalised.

“Yet the Tenby cottages are occupied.This makes no sense, especially as the City, or rather the ratepayers, are paying for security to secure these empty cottages.”

Captain Silvino Davids of Wynberg Police Station confirmed that a woman was arrested for possession of dagga during a raid and her case is still pending in court.

Davids says police have are keeping an eye on the cottages.

He appealed to residents to report any illegal activities taking place within and around these cottages.

“We are aware of illegal acts happening there; an arrest was made and investigations are underway,” says Davids.

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