Erasmuskloof residents feel unsafe due to vagrants

An open area at corner Solomon Mahlangu Drive and Delmas Road has become a dumping site and home to vagrants.

The phenomenon of illegal dumping and vagrants seems to be mushrooming in the east.

Barely a week after the community of Silverton complained about vagrants and illegal dumping, the same problem has arisen in Erasmuskloof at the corner Solomon Mahlangu Drive and Delmas road.

It is alleged that the area is occupied by “illegal immigrants” who sell drugs and beer. There have also been claims that a domestic worker was raped nearby.

A concerned resident said the area was an eye sore.

“Cars are broken into around this area too. The vagrants roam around Castle Walk Shopping Centre begging and stealing from the public. It has become a huge problem and I am concerned that nothing is being done about it,” said the resident.

The property they occupy apparently belongs to the public servants pension fund administrator, the Public Investment Corporation.

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Ward councillor Francois Bekker said he would meet with PIC before commenting.

Rekord visited the site on Friday, 25 August and there were people in the open veld and there were signs of illegal dumping.

A woman known as Mmatumiseng from Lesotho said she had been staying there for quite some time and she denied the allegations the place was crime infected.

“It is safe here, I have never heard of any rape happening here,” she said.

Anna Lekalakala from Mokopane, Limpopo said she would appreciate a decent living place if she were moved from the area.

“I just hope they will move us to a better place because we have nowhere else to go. This area is like a home for us,” said Lekalakala.

David Jonas from North West shared the same sentiment.

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“We would appreciate if they build us RDP houses and moved us from there. We are human beings and we deserve proper shelter as well,” he said.

Another land occupier Matodzi Sivhabu from Thohoyandou in Venda said he started living there a year ago because he was doing piece jobs around the area.

“We are not criminals or monsters and we are willing to move as long as they are going to move us to a proper place. The piece jobs do not give us enough pay to afford rentals in the townships” he said.

 

 

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Felicia Nkhwashu
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