Fears over cottages

2018-06-19 06:01
Illegal occupation of the city’s cottages is cause for concern. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Illegal occupation of the city’s cottages is cause for concern. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The Wynberg community is concerned about the fate of the presumed empty cottages in Tenby Road.

The cottages are owned by the City of Cape Town and have reportedly been empty for more than two years now.

According to reports there are now illegal occupants in the cottages. It is alleged the cottages are likely to attract social ills now that there are illegal occupants residing in them.

Resident Simone Williams says it has been noticed that there are occupants in the cottages and motorists struggle to drive past due to reckless parking in front of the cottages. “I am not directly exposed but we are worried [about] what that will escalate to. We would like the City of Cape Town to do something about it.”

Chairperson of the Wynberg Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association, Kristina Davidson, says the cottages are among several neglected buildings that are of concern to the community. She says a full-time security system and monitoring is needed to prevent the area from attracting illegal activities.

When People’s Post visited the cottages, there were occupants who said they were surprised to learn that they were renting the place illegally. They said the confusing thing for them was that there was no formalisation when they were offered the place and they had no lease agreement.

“I know it is unlikely to not have a lease when you rent a place like this but we did not want to ask questions because we needed a place to stay in,” said one of the occupants.

Commenting on illegal activities, he said: “It is only the colour of our skin that makes it be suspicious to have people living here. We hope whatever the problem is, it gets solved soon so we can know where we stand.”

Mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond, denies reports about the cottages being neglected, saying there is a 24-hour security service provider. According to reports these cottages will remain empty until the City of Cape Town has 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.

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