Refuse problem resurfaces
Municipality again fails to respond to problem of vagrants’ rubbish
THE problem of vagrants tearing and opening refuse bags put out for municipal collection keeps resurfacing in William Cock Road on the East Bank – and resident Lyn Oosthuizen is at the end of her tether.
More than a year ago TotT reported on the problem at the site, where vagrants had dragged away bags put out for collection, torn them open and scattered the contents over the verges and bush.
Oosthuizen initially called the municipality’s community protection services directorate and asked that refuse collectors pick up the scattered refuse.
Things appeared promising when a person called “Vicky” apparently told Oosthuizen that the matter would be attended to, but nothing happened. She called repeatedly and got the same assurance, but still no action.
Fed-up with the lack of response and the eyesore in her street, she eventually took it upon herself, hiring someone, to pick up the scattered rubbish and put it in black refuse bags. The rubbish filled 25 bags in total. She kept these piled in her driveway to secure them from dogs and vagrants and asked the municipality to pick them up.
But she was informed by the refuse collectors that each household is limited to two bags a week. When she tried to explain it was not her household refuse, but the rubbish she had picked up in her street, her explanation was ignored.
Only eventually did the municipality remove the bags after our story was published.
However, the problem soon resurfaced.
“I have phoned Vicky and also spoken to a Jackie at the municipality on numerous occasions, and always the same story – “a truck will be there tomorrow to sort it out. “But as usual tomorrow never comes,” Oosthuizen said.
“There are now rats in the rubbish which have now got into our ceiling and sound like a herd of elephants when they run across it.”
In response to TotT’s queries, municipal spokesman Cecil Mbolekwa said Oosthuizen, according to their records, had last contacted community protection services in March.
“It must be noted that the mentioned staff members, ‘Vicky and Jackie’ are not personally responsible for refuse and cleansing; they take a complaint and hand it over to the relevant section. If the complaint had not been attended to, and had they been advised accordingly, they would have followed up with the supervisor of whichever section,” Mbolekwa said.
UGLY MESS: Vagrants have been tearing open bags of refuse and scattering the contents in William Cock Road on the East Bank