Dumping, vagrants raise ire in city centre

2017-08-10 13:51
Illegal dumping has become an eyesore in Garfield Street in the city centre.

Illegal dumping has become an eyesore in Garfield Street in the city centre. (Supplied)

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Business owners in the city centre are “fed up” with alleged drug addicts messing the surrounding areas and harassing their staff and customers.

Local business owners, who did not want to be named out of fear of being victimised, said the area has become “an eyesore” after vagrants had infiltrated the area. They believe the alleged drug abusers and vagrants came from the recently demolished eMatsheni Beer Hall in Hoosen Haffajee Street.

Piles of rubbish can be found in Garfield Street near Capital Centre in the CBD.

“This rubbish is a real fire hazard and a breeding place for rodents,” said one of the business managers.

A business owner said apart from having to deal with the growing piles of dirt, he had also been forced to employ security guards to escort his female staff to the taxi rank as the vagrants had been harassing them.

“These boys also urinate and [defecate] along the walls of the building. We are a respectable business that employs close to 80 people, pay our rates and taxes and still have to put up with this,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality did not respond by the time of going to print.

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