Residents fear canal

2016-03-08 06:00

Residents of Beethoven Street in Steenberg say they want a nearby canal fenced off because it’s a safety risk.

They say crimes like robberies and murder happen there and they want it closed off before the crime gets out of hand.

They have sent a petition to ward councillor Marita Petersen last year, but nothing was done. They threatened to close it off themselves, but they claim Petersen said she would call on the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police to break down whatever they planned to use to close it off.

The frustrated residents say they want something done about the canal.

A resident, who refused to be named, says the canal is very dangerous.

“Walking there is a risk. You just don’t know if you will make it to the other side alive. People get robbed, children going to school are targeted there. There is a lot of loitering that I just don’t understand. Some people sit there and smoke all day. There are drug dealings going on there. A lot happens there and it’s making us feel very unsafe. Walking there after 21:00 is putting your life in danger.”

The canal runs from Prince George Drive and three more roads into their area but they say they are more concerned about their section.

“We are the people who stay close to it and we witness everything that happens there. We have been calling them to come up with a solution but there is nothing forthcoming.”

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport, says the City receives regular requests to close canals due to a number of reasons, mainly dumping.

“The City, however, can rarely close off canals as these are the arteries of our stormwater network, and closing canals without insight will have an adverse impact on stormwater flow.

“Prior experience has shown that the use of fences is also not a long-term solution as these are vandalised within days.

“Maintenance then becomes an even bigger issue and ultimately unsustainable in terms of our limited budget.

V Readers who witness people dumping waste in the canal should report this crime to the City on 0860 103 089.

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