Derelict house battle continues in Elardus Park

Inside the derelict house in Elardus Park. Photo: Gopolang Chawane.

Elardus Park residents want answers about the lack of progress in addressing the fate of the derelict house in Traka Street.

Resident and community leader Peter Minny said the man who was ordered out of the house by the police in November was still living there.

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Minny said all the residents wanted was some closure.

“This house is a cause for concern,” said Minny.

“Rats and other pests occupy the house because of its state.”

Lyttelton police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller said the house was discussed at a local CPF meeting in Centurion last Thursday.

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“We are aware the occupant is still living at the premises after a formal notice to vacate the premises was served to him in November, however the matter is being attended to.”

“In situations such as these, due process has to be followed at all costs.”

Miller said the matter would be handed over to the police’s legal department.

“We [police] are aware the initial notice period has lapsed and can reassure [the residents] the matter is in the hands of a capable legal team who also want a solution to this matter.”

He said the police had received a formal complaint against the occupant of the house, while investigations continued.

Asked whether the house was a harbour for criminals, Miller said criminals often used vacant houses as places of refuge.

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“Criminals tend to hide were they can find cover. Most derelict areas are a concern as they all could harbour criminals.”

Miller said the matter would be attended to by the provincial police if it needed to be escalated.

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