On­going sa­ga at post of­fi­ce

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

Knys­na post of­fi­ce’s woes with va­grants sleep­ing on the pre­mi­ses at nig­ht go as far back as 10 y­e­ars.

Ac­cor­ding to staff, the­se va­grants ha­ve co­des to access their pre­mi­ses and use them to en­ter and sleep in the grounds at nig­ht.

The Knys­na-P­lett He­rald wro­te a sto­ry a­bout this last y­e­ar, but no­thing seems to ha­ve chan­ged.

Ma­na­ger Za­ne­le Ku­la said last y­e­ar the post of­fi­ce lacks the funds to tig­h­ten their se­cu­ri­ty – and this re­mains the ca­se.

De­an Brui­ners, a cle­a­ning as­sis­tant, said e­very mor­ning be­fo­re they o­pen he has to cle­an up af­ter the va­grants, in­clu­ding hu­man ex­cre­ment.

Af­ter seeing a post on Fa­ce­book last week, Mos­sel Bay-ba­sed Ing­rid Col­lin con­tacted the pa­per, saying, “One of my friends said w­hen they went to fe­tch their post they saw va­grants the­re smo­king dag­ga and he didn’t feel sa­fe.”

This, she said, re­min­ded her of an in­ci­dent that took pla­ce three y­e­ars back. “My grand­mot­her was rob­bed and pun­ched at the post of­fi­ce… W­hat el­se needs to hap­pen for this to stop? W­he­re are we sup­po­sed to feel sa­fe?”

This y­e­ar, both Ku­la and Brui­ners we­re not a­ble to pro­vi­de com­ment.

Mar­tie Gil­christ from the com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons di­vi­si­on said the po­li­ce we­re ap­pro­a­ched for as­sis­tan­ce to re­mo­ve the va­grants, but despi­te this the pro­blem per­sis­ts.

The pre­mi­ses could be loc­ked o­ver­nig­ht, she said, ho­we­ver this would li­mit cu­s­to­mers’ access to their boxes and ma­ke them acces­si­ble du­ring of­fi­ce hours on­ly.

The Knys­na post of­fi­ce has ex­ten­ded an in­vi­ta­ti­on to the re­a­ders to co­me up with sug­ges­ti­ons on how to al­le­vi­a­te the pro­blem.

A­sked for com­ment, Knys­na po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Ser­ge­ant Chris S­pies said, “The Knys­na po­li­ce are a­wa­re of va­grants han­ging out at the post of­fi­ce, es­pe­ci­al­ly af­ter hours and o­ver wee­kends. The po­li­ce con­duct re­gu­lar pa­trols at the pre­mi­ses and re­spond to com­plaints w­hen re­cei­ved from mem­bers of the pu­blic.”

S­pies said the po­li­ce will work clo­se­ly with the lo­cal branch ma­na­ger to ad­dress their con­cerns, ad­ding, “Ho­we­ver, the o­nus re­mains with the o­w­ner or te­nant to en­s­u­re that their pro­per­ty is sa­fe­guar­ded.”

P­ho­tos: Sup­p­lied

Va­grants sleep in­si­de the post of­fi­ce at nig­ht.

P­ho­to: N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

The Knys­na post of­fi­ce in Main S­treet.

P­ho­tos: Sup­p­lied

A­not­her va­grant sleep­ing in­si­de the post of­fi­ce.

Knys­na’s post of­fi­ce has had a de­ca­de of pro­blems with va­grants sleep­ing in their pre­mi­ses.

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