The future of the Mouille Point maze hangs in the balance.
The maze owner passed away recently and the City of Cape Town has now taken over management of the property. However, residents say it has now become a safety risk.
The maze has been around for many years, with an agreement between the late owner and the City allowing him to lease the area and run the maze as long as he was well enough to do so, says Mouille Point Ratepayers’ Association spokesperson Jane Meyer.
Following the owner’s death, the empty maze has started attracting “unsavoury elements”, Meyer says. She hopes to see the site “configured for modern times’ usage”.
The maze was open under the previous owners’ management, explains ward councillor Dave Bryant, but was closed to the public after his death.
The City’s Law Enforcement Department has held joint operations with the police after receiving complaints from the ratepayers’ association, says Suzette Little, Mayco member (North).
“Since the owner of the site passed away the fence has been vandalised by criminal elements who are using the foliage as cover for their antisocial behaviour. During an operation earlier this month, staff found a temporary structure that had been set up. Officers also made an arrest for possession of drugs and found a number of discarded tik packets amongst the garbage that has collected in the area,” she says.
The City plans to lease the property again in the future, Little adds, and the Recreation and Parks Department has asked for help from Law Enforcement to keep the area secure.