A veld in Pretoria East, which is a known hideout for criminals, has been cleaned, Pretoria East Rekord reports.
Kefentse Mompei said the Tshwane metro had answered residents’ calls for the wetland between their security complex in Stellenberg Road, Equestria, to be cleaned.
In April, Mompei said residents were frustrated that the municipal land was not being maintained and it provided a hideout for criminals.
“The metro conservation unit came and cleaned the wetland.”
He said the clean-up started at the beginning of July and lasted for about two weeks.
“We are happy and grateful the wetland was cleaned.”
Mompei said there was, however, another problem that needed immediate attention.
“Criminals have cut holes in fences at different ends of the wetland. These need to be closed off to prevent them from entering.”
“Just on Monday morning around 3am, my complex security guard said two men attempted to gain entry into the complex from the wetland.”
Mompei said this showed the residents’ frustrations were justified.
“If we residents do not act and take a stand, these criminals will make their way back into our homes. People’s lives are at stake. We don’t want residents to get hurt before adequate action is taken.”
Mompei said more than 40 residents had signed the petition submitted to a metro representative to indicate how serious their security concerns were.
– Caxton News Service