‘I want him out of my house’

2017-12-12 06:00
Wilhelmina Schultz from Becott Road in Ottery PHOTOS: aishah cassiem

Wilhelmina Schultz from Becott Road in Ottery PHOTOS: aishah cassiem

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“My tenant is [making my life] a living hell. I can’t sleep at night and I fear for my life.”

These are the words of Wilhelmina Schultz from Becott Road in Ottery. The property owner says the man who rents a room in her house has not paid rent for the past few months and now refuses to leave, threatening and traumatising the rest of the household daily.

Schultz claims her tenant, Shaun Bredenham, a local security guard, sexually, mentally, verbally and physically abuses female members of the household.

“We are three women in the household, along with my only son. We have to lock our room doors at night because we are in fear. If he is drunk then he is not in a good state. He will get home from work at night, go straight to his room to undress and then approach us naked,” she says.

Schultz’s son, who had tried to defend the three women, was also assaulted by Bredenham last month, she claims.

She says he does not pay for electricity and water, claiming it is his right to pay her only R10 in two months.

Despite signing a contract, Bredenham has allegedly never paid the full amount for rent. He gave R100 last month – the only money she has received in months, she says.

“I just want this man out of my house. I knew him as friends before he moved in, but I never knew he was like this.

“He moved in here last year November.

“He hits and kicks me and calls me all sorts of horrible words. He also threw my 86-year-old mother from the toilet. I tried reporting a case at the police station. They don’t take me seriously; they tell me I should leave him as he’s drunk.”

When People’s Post visited the house on Tuesday the police had just left and Bredenham was not there.

“They told us to go to the Wynberg court for a protection order.

“We don’t want him in the house; he is a danger to all of us,” says Michelle Padayachee, another member of the household, who claims that Bredenham has threatened them with a gun and tazer.

“We need help to remove this tenant and want the police to step up in assisting us before something major happens.”

Bredenham says the allegations against him are false.

He declined to comment further.

Rafique Foflonker, chairperson of the Lansdowne Community Police Forum, says he is aware of her plight.

“I have visited Schultz,” he says. “She was advised to open a case or to seek a protection order against [the tenant]. She also needs to give [him] written notice to vacate the premises for non-payment of rent, among other things. Then she can approach the court for an eviction order. The protection order, eviction order and possible criminal case can run concurrently.”

Foflonker says if Schultz is classified as a person who needs protection, someone close to her can petition the court for a protection order on her behalf.

“It will help if she gives a letter of consent in this regard. I am willing to commission the document for her. This strategic approach should lead to a more meaningful solution. However, summoning policing services following each incident without lodging formal complaints will only perpetuate a tactical cycle of rinse and repeat,” he says.

“The good residents need to support Schultz in this regard as they are all victims here and will all be beneficiaries of a positive outcome. They need to take the next step to empower the agencies to serve them. We are concerned about their wellbeing and will continue to reach out to them.”

Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka of Lansdowne Police Station says: “The complainant was advised to visit Wynberg court, which she did on the same day last week, to apply for a protection order.

“On Friday I visited her and she was in possession of the interim protection order against Bredenham. The protection order is in a process of being served and also stipulates a court date to appear at Wynberg court on 16 February next year.

“This office will act with immediate effect once Bredenham violates the interim protection order,” he says.

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