Rubble to be cleared

2017-10-17 06:01

Residents living off Klip Road in Grassy Park are calling on City of Cape Town officials to rid them of an old clinic structure known to attract vagrants and illegal activities.

The remains of what used to be the old Lotus River clinic in Blesbok Avenue would have been demolished in July this year, when residents contacted officials for help.

Neil Jacobus, chairperson of the Carola Neighbourhood Watch in Grassy Park, says with the delay in demolishing the building, the site has attracted even more wrongdoing and has also become a dangerous place for children playing under the structure.

“I am very disappointed in the City. When we contacted them about this site more than three months ago, they said they would see to it. Up until today parts of the structure still remain, causing major issues within our community. People are vandalising the premises and using it for all sorts of illegal gatherings. Some locals are even removing pieces of the structure and selling it to get money,” he says.

“My main concern here is the safety of our people, especially our children. Here is a youth centre located just opposite this structure and children are often seen playing here. It has also become a dumping area, causing major health hazards for surrounding residents.”

Jacobus says gangsters have also been known to rob people passing the site. “A few months ago a security guard was robbed of his belongings and killed after trying to remove vandals from the premises. It is known that the City had security people guarding the area, but after this incident it just stopped and no-one returned to oversee this space for safety reasons.

“I beg the City to have this issue sorted as soon as possible for the safety of our people and the children who play at the youth centre. I have spoken to the Mayco member for safety and he said he thought it had been demolished already. This structure is waiting to fall on someone and it will be a bigger issue when that happens.”

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety, security and social services, told People’s Post early last week: “The demolition issue is already under way and the contractor has been appointed. It will be gone in no time.”

People’s Post returned to the site two days after speaking to Smith to find the structure had been demolished. Residents are now awaiting the cleanup process and dump removal.

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