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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Security Risk at Dump Sites



In a recent posting, The Shocking Decline of SA’s Environment, I mentioned the squatters, mostly illegal immigrants from Zim, who live in or near the local refuse dumps where some make a few rands from recycling stuff people throw away.

I also mentioned that some of these squatters make a living from crime, but because I seldom visit the local dumpsite, I never realised that their crimes are committed at the actual dumpsite itself.

Here’s the relevant news, as reported by Ané Roux, which I’ve sourced from the website of our local Rekord Newspaper:

The biggest official dumpsite in the east of Pretoria, Garstkloof, is becoming a security threat to those who follow the Tshwane metro’s bylaws and dump their garden and building rubble at the dumpsite rather than on the sidewalks or on the metro’s green belts.

In September 2011, Rekord reported on the problem regarding vagrants who jump onto the back of vehicles turning out of Delmas Road towards the dumpsite and damage vehicles in an attempt to salvage any items they deem valuable. Now it seems these individuals are after more than discarded items.

Allegedly, vehicles are damaged purposefully to force owners to get out of their vehicles.

They are then robbed of their cell phones and any valuable items inside the vehicle.
According to a resident, who wishes to remain anonymous and who was robbed at the dumpsite, this modus operandi is being used on every vehicle.

“In the past, people with valuables like old televisions sets, washing machines, tents and so on would be surrounded by a mob of people who would all try and get their hands on these items. Now, no one is safe. They are after your cell phones, your wallet, your car radio and not necessarily what you might have on the back of your bakkie,” he said.

Ward Councillor Rita Aucamp is at the end of her tether with the metro’s ‘abrasive attitude’ as she puts it, regarding security at the Garstkloof dumpsite.

“I have tried to follow every possible avenue to get the metro to answer questions regarding the longevity of the dumpsite and security concerns there. My complaints have been ignored and so have the residents’. One security officer at the gate is not sufficient. When will the metro react, when someone is seriously hurt?” she asked. –
Read the rest here.

1 comments :

BunBun4life said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

PLEASE, their lazy ass police aren't going to act even AFTER people get killed. I have never heard of or seen such an awful police force as what they have no in S.A.

Boers who call for help, the police tell them they have no car; can you come pick us up? But when the same people call, about something that might be beneficial to cops, they show up in five minutes. I am more than disgusted at the tragedy that is now South Africa.

It just really makes you weep to see this filth.

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