Tenants still there

2019-01-29 06:01
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The lease contracts for numbers 8 and 10 Tenby Road in Wnyberg ends this week and tenants who have been accused of committing criminal offences are yet to vacate the premises as per the City of Cape Town’s report.

The tenants were meant to vacate the premises in October last year after their contract with the City “was prematurely terminated due to the severity of their breach of agreement” (“Concerning’ Tenby cottages leased”, People’s Post, 07 August).

The cottages have been implicated in a series of criminal related incidents. Last year, drugs were found on the premises and the tenants have been accused of interfering with traffic flow through illegal parking.

A robbery incident was also reported around the premises.

Amid all the complaints, the City was forced to terminate the contract in October last year. Despite the termination, the tenants continue to occupy the premises.

Then mayco member for assets and facilities management, Stuart Diamond, confirmed that the lessees had failed to adhere to the agreed-upon purpose of the leases and that an illegal substance had been found on the site.

He said there was enough evidence to terminate the leases with the lessees, which had come into effect in February 2016. The agreement comes to an end on Thursday 31 January.

Responding to the People’s Post about the tenants’ failure to vacate the premises, the City agrees that the tenants are still on the premises.

“The lessee had a three-year lease agreement,” a response from the City’s Property Management Department reads. “The lessee was required in terms of the termination notice, to vacate by the 21 October 2018 but has failed to vacate on the prescribed date. The City’s Property Management Department did a follow-up inspection, which revealed that the tenants have not vacated either property. A request was submitted to the City’s Legal Services Department last month to institute the eviction process.”

Wynberg police and residents previously confirmed several incidents and arrests made at the premises (“Controversy over cottages grows”, People’s Post, 24 July).

Wynberg Police Station spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Lindipasi says the perpetrator had arranged on the internet to sell something to the victim and they agreed to meet at Wynberg Pharmacy.

“This guy arrived at Wynberg Pharmacy and told the victim that they must go to number 8 Tenby Road. Upon arrival the victim found three African men. They started searching him and took his R60 cash and a gold chain and then told him to undress. He remained naked and one of them took his silver J7 Samsung and bank cards, then demanded the Pin code.

“One of them went to the ATM to withdraw money, but the transaction was declined as he first gave them the wrong Pin. They again forced him to give them the right Pin,” she says.

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