Margate Ext 3 in need of help

2016-09-15 06:00

MARGATE Extension 3, branded as the area’s crime capital for many years now, needs serious attention. Not only does the area have numerous abandoned houses and properties - many of which are vandalised - crime is rife and both issues seem to linked.

According to a resident who has lived in the area since the 1990s, people from the Eastern Cape purchase houses in Ext 3 because they are cheap.

Their intentions are to use these houses as holiday homes or for their children to one day occupy them when they eventually start schooling.

Some of these home owners live and work in the Eastern Cape and have no intention of renting out these properties or occupying them permanently in the near future.

This creates an opportunity for criminals to vandalise these homes and use them as places where they either consume or sell drugs, contributing to the area’s escalating crime rate.

DA ward councillor, Luwazi Canca, who took reigns of the ward after the last Municipal Elections, says he is busy compiling a rescue plan which he will be implementing step by step.

“Firstly, a community policing forum has to be established. This will comprise of Extensions 3, 7 and the area where Gayridge Poultry Farm Shop is situated. This is of utmost importance,” he said.

With regard to vacant houses being vandalised and used as venues for criminal activities, Canca says this will only end if home owners place tenants in the houses.

“If they have plans to only occupy these houses in the next couple of years, they can find tenants and offer short term leases in the mean time.”

“Vacant stands are also a problem as criminals use these overgrown plots to hide in and also to hide stolen property. Here, the municipality must urge owners to clean up their plots.”

The local Rodolo Park was established by Leonard Rodolo, a community leader in the 90s so that children have a safe place to play. The ward councillor at the time then managed to get ablution facilities built but the park is now ‘non-existent.’

“This park has been vandalised and basically does not exist any more. I will be addressing all these issues and would like the community to join forces with me to make Ext 3 a safe place to live in,” said Canca.

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