Scottsville street parties raise ire

2017-08-24 13:33
The aftermath of an all-weekend student party in Millborrow Road in Scottsville this weekend.

The aftermath of an all-weekend student party in Millborrow Road in Scottsville this weekend. (Supplied)

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Police are working with security companies and residents to combat crime in Scottsville but say there is only so much they can do when it comes to loud student parties.

Scottsville residents were again subjected to noise disturbances, rowdy students and overcrowded streets when a student party was held in Millborrow Road this past weekend.

Residents living in the area said the party started on Friday night and went on for the entire weekend. Those who managed to sleep at all, awoke to scenes of broken bottles and litter strewn across the street, hungover students and the aftermath of an all-weekend-long street party.

Residents said calls to the local Alexandra Road police went unanswered and they were forced to endure the two-day party without any assistance.

Alexandra police spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo said that while the police are always made aware of the student parties over the weekends, their duty is to prevent crime.

Sympathising with the Scottsville community, Mhlongo said that when noise disturbances are reported they try “to attend to them to keep the situation peaceful”.

Mhlongo said, “Unfortunately, the SAPS cannot prevent having students around the area” and that their presence “comes with more issues” for them.

She said there are channels to be followed by the community when disturbances occur or if they are against having students living in their area.

In this case, the resident told The Witness that they were “frustrated and disappointed” that police allegedly did not respond to their calls through the weekend.

Mhlongo said that if the resident was not satisfied with the police actions, or lack thereof, they needed to take the matter up with the station management by lodging a formal complaint which would be investigated.

The resident said that usually the student parties happen on a Friday night but this weekend was an “all-night street party with loud music and shouting”.

“Do not tell me students are poor, with the aftermath of empty and broken alcohol bottles on the street and sidewalks.

“Some arrive on foot and others by car, especially at last Friday and this Friday’s party,” said the resident.

She said the previous party started just after 9 am and finished at 4 pm.

“This weekend, the yard was packed like sardines with party-goers and the street was blocked with a number of cars and illegal parking. I had difficulty getting into our driveway. [Students were] drinking openly on the street and combis just kept arriving with more party-goers,” she said.

This ongoing problem has been widely reported in The Witness, with residents starting a “Help Scottsville” Facebook page last year.

Karen Morewood, the spokesperson for the local community group named “Help Scottsville”, said families had reported the excessive noise, litter, outdoor drinking and burglaries that besieged the area since the increase in the number of student digs there.

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