Hume­wood full of va­grants

DA, your ex­cuses are wear­ing thin for ne­glect of PE’s last tourist at­trac­tion

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - THIS WEEK YOU’RE SAYING ... - LARA ROONEY, PE

HUME­WOOD beach­front in re­cent months has seen a huge in­flux of va­grants along with their be­long­ings, which are de­posited on the side of the pave­ments.

These con­sist of nu­mer­ous plas­tic bags, bed­ding, bas­kets and su­per­mar­ket trol­leys which have not been col­lected by waste man­age­ment for the past three months although be­ing sup­ported by ratepay­ers.

The walk from Kings Beach to Ho­bie Beach is lit­tered with va­grants high on drugs and al­co­hol, of­ten ap­proach­ing peo­ple who are walk­ing by. The va­grants are also armed with var­i­ous ob­jects. They some­times ride su­per­mar­ket trol­leys for fun at speed.

Trees on the side of pave­ments serve as la­trines.

There is one par­tic­u­lar va­grant who has set up per­ma­nent camp on Beach Road. He doesn’t move from there, his pos­ses­sions stacked on the grass verge, us­ing the spot for a lava­tory as well, and sits in his own ex­cre­ment.

Quot­ing the Ward 2 coun­cil­lor: “I spoke to the ‘gen­tle­man’ and said that if he is not go­ing to stop do­ing it, po­lice will re­move him in no un­cer­tain terms”.

That was six weeks ago and the “gen­tle­man” is still car­ry­ing on with the ob­scene be­hav­iour undis­turbed, dis­gust­ing passersby.

In ad­di­tion, we were ad­vised to do a cit­i­zen’s ar­rest, catch­ing him in the act, and then call the po­lice. Is this sug­gest­ing a vig­i­lante unit?

Be­cause of the un­col­lected rub­bish by the waste depart­ment, peo­ple have started dump­ing their refuse there as well. Re­cently Sun­day traders joined in, leav­ing at least nine to 10 bags, which are not col­lected till Mon­day lunch time, hence en­cour­ag­ing ver­min.

Il­le­gal dump­ing and ob­scen­ity on Beach Road have be­come the or­der of the day. More of the same is oc­cur­ring at the junc­tion of La Roche Drive and Beach Road.

Cat­tle are also free to wan­der down all the widths of La Roche Drive to Beach Road and graze on the grass verges day and night. On oc­ca­sion, po­lice are play­ing herds­men clear­ing Beach Road with a lot of noise at 3am. Rates well spent!

Grass on La Roche Drive is al­most a me­tre high at some places (Cath­cart Road) so maybe cows help to keep it tidy.

La Roche Drive by the ho­tel has also been dug up and left with­out any haz­ard warn­ing for some weeks now.

Lots of phone calls and com­plaints by e-mails have been passed like a boomerang from the Ward 2 DA of­fice to the beach of­fice, the city man­ager, from there to var­i­ous ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors, fi­nally to the mayor’s of­fice (the lat­ter even with­out ac­knowl­edg­ing it) and back where it started with­out any men­tion, let alone re­solve.

It is time to stop cling­ing to an il­lu­sion and re­alise that the DA stopped pro­vid­ing ser­vices to the beach­front which func­tioned bet­ter un­der the pre­vi­ous ANC ad­min­is­tra­tion. There used to be clean­ers do­ing their job and some vis­i­ble metro se­cu­rity, even if they were not too ef­fec­tive. All that has now stopped. The city’s last re­main­ing tourist at­trac­tion has been aban­doned and ne­glected.

PER­MA­NENT RES­I­DENTS: Hume­wood is lit­tered with va­grants, says let­ter writer Lara Rooney , who sent in this pho­to­graph in the area from last week

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