Refuse prob­lem resur­faces

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity again fails to re­spond to prob­lem of va­grants’ rub­bish

Talk of the Town - - News - JON HOUZET

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.

Pic­ture: LYN OOSTHUIZEN

UGLY MESS: Va­grants have been tear­ing open bags of refuse and scat­ter­ing the con­tents in Wil­liam Cock Road on the East Bank

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