Pave­ments are a health haz­ard BY ANNA COX

The Star Early Edition - - METRO WATCH -

THE PAVE­MENTS along Fred­er­ick, Jou­bert and An­der­son streets in the Joburg CBD, where prop­erty own­ers have up­graded their build­ings, have been de­scribed as rat-in­fested and filthy.

Va­grants are sleep­ing on the pave­ments and us­ing them as toi­lets.

Moira Win­gate says the wall of a newly painted build­ing had to be re­painted be­cause of fires the va­grants make against it and be­cause the wall is used as an ablu­tion fa­cil­ity. She says some of the va­grants carry knives and threaten peo­ple who com­plain about them.

“We have also re­ported the as­pect of the rapid breed­ing rate of the rat pop­u­la­tion in the area to the Depart­ment of Health, which ap­pears to be the only depart­ment with con­tactable phone num­bers,” says Win­gate.

“Why are SAPS and JMPD (Jo­han­nes­burg Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment) al­low­ing fires to be made on pave­ments in the city cen­tre? We un­der­stood that such ac­tiv­ity is il­le­gal. Why are va­grants al­lowed to sleep on pave­ments? Why are peo­ple al­lowed to defe­cate and uri­nate on pay­ments? All this is il­le­gal in terms of by-laws. When en­deav­our­ing to clear the men­ace from out­side the build­ing, peo­ple have been threat­ened with knives.”

“It would ap­pear that the Jo­han­nes­burg Roads Agency (JRA) is shirk­ing its re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Win­gate sug­gested that clean­ers dis­in­fect the site ev­ery morn­ing un­til the law is en­forced. “We can­not, and will not, al­low the sit­u­a­tion to con­tinue.

“We get through, lis­ten to a very pleas­ant mono­logue re­gard­ing the ser­vice of­fered by the JRA and then the line is dis­con­nected. The JMPD un­der­took to keep a spe­cial watch and clear the pave­ment of the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, but have failed to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion,” she said.

The JRA how­ever, says it is not re­spon­si­ble for the clean­ing of pave­ments un­less there are oil spills when ac­ci­dents have taken place and de­bris is strewn.

JMPD spokesman Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Min­naar said he would send a team to the area to in­ves­ti­gate.

PIC­TURE: BOXER NG­WENYA

CRIME AND GRIME: Filthy pave­ments at the cor­ner of Jou­bert and Fred­er­icks streets.

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