No re­spec­ta­ble, law-a­bi­ding tax­pay­er must en­d­u­re such in­frin­ge­ment on their ba­sic rig­hts for pe­a­ce of mind

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

• Con­cer­ned Kroon­va­le re­si­dent, Graaff-rei­net:

It is with gra­ve con­cern that I, as a ci­ti­zen of Graaff-rei­net, with my up­brin­ging in Kroon­va­le, must ma­ke men­ti­on of the pe­ri­ods of ro­w­di­ness, dis­tur­ban­ce and lack of re­spect for tax­pay­ers who re­si­de in and a­round the A­lex Laing Hall in Kroon­va­le.

It is es­pe­ci­al­ly on wee­kends and mo­re so du­ring the Eas­ter and fes­ti­ve pe­ri­ods that all hell bre­aks loo­se w­hen young com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, mos­t­ly “blocking” in their cars, are re­spon­si­ble for;

- lit­te­ring of beer cans and al­co­hol bott­les;

- re­vving their car’s en­gi­nes at any ti­me of the nig­ht for long pe­ri­ods;

- re­mo­ving of pa­vements and rocks that we­re put the­re for be­a­ti­fying;

- the par­king of cars with loud mu­sic playing by drin­king groups of pe­op­le in front of re­si­den­ti­al pro­per­ties - es­pe­ci­al­ly du­ring the Eas­ter Chris­t­mas and New Y­e­ar pe­ri­ods;

- u­ri­na­ting on pa­vements and a­round the shop­ping a­rea;

- the playing of ex­tre­me­ly loud mu­sic by a mul­ti­ple of in­di­vi­du­als at any ti­me of day and nig­ht;

- the dan­ge­rous speeding and dra­gra­cing by mo­to­ris­ts up and do­wn es­pe­ci­al­ly S­pring­bok, Mos­sie and A­ca­cia streets;

- the dis­re­spect to­wards re­si­dents w­hen all of this u­naccep­ta­ble be­ha­vi­or is con­fron­ted;

- the spo­ra­dic out­b­re­ak of vi­o­lent fig­hting;

- the il­le­gal star­ting of fi­res a­round the a­rea;

- not all in­di­vi­du­als are vi­si­ting the lo­cal en­ter­tai­n­ment club, but use the hu­ge par­king a­rea and the stoep of the lo­cal shops as en­ter­tai­n­ment ve­nues which ha­ve no ba­sic fa­ci­li­ties i.e toi­lets, se­cu­ri­ty per­son­nel or ti­me li­mits;

It is be­co­ming wor­se as the y­e­ars go by and if no­thing dras­tic is do­ne, se­ri­ous in­ju­ry and pos­si­ble loss of li­fe may occur. No re­spec­ta­ble, law-a­bi­ding tax­pay­er must en­d­u­re such in­frin­ge­ment on their ba­sic rig­hts for pe­a­ce of mind, se­cu­ri­ty and to spend their wee­kends and ho­li­days in a calm and pe­a­ce­ful en­vi­ron­ment. The lack of re­cre­a­ti­o­nal fa­ci­li­ties for the youth in the dif­fe­rent pre­vi­ous dis­ad­van­ta­ged a­re­as con­tri­bu­tes to this u­naccep­ta­ble and an­ti-so­ci­al be­ha­vi­our but if the­se ten­den­cies are not ad­dres­sed in the very ne­ar fu­tu­re, we will al­low a cul­tu­re of la­w­less­ness, cha­os and a bre­ak­do­wn in pe­a­ce­ful com­mu­ni­ty struc­tu­res.

I ap­pe­al to the mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cil to ex­plo­re short, me­di­um and long-term so­lu­ti­ons and to ap­ply vi­si­ble law en­for­cing acti­ons that will dis­ci­pli­ne the of­fen­ders of our by-laws that can ad­dress the dis­tur­ban­ce, ter­ri­ble noi­se le­vels, speeding and un­ru­ly be­ha­vi­or that the re­si­dents a­round the A­lex Laing a­rea must en­d­u­re... mo­re so o­ver fes­ti­ve pe­ri­ods.

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