Residents of Valencia say they live in fear of housebreakings going into the festive season.
Ms Farida Mungalee, a pensioner who lives in Nemezia Street, says people just dump all sorts of garbage on the steep, overgrown incline behind the houses on the street, and she and her neighbours have been forced to take matters into their own hands.
“People just throw their dirt there and it comes into our yards. The other day we paid someone R250 to clean up the overgrown brush, because Mbombela Local Municipality (MLM) does nothing about it. Thieves hide there and break into our houses. And we pay our rates and taxes.
“For years we have been crying to the municipality.
“We are living in a danger spot here,” she says. “Who would want to live like this?”
Ms Mary Schatz, a resident of neigh-bouring Nelsville has taken up their cause. “Pensioners pay their rates and taxes, and what do they get for it? Where is MLM’s Extended Public Works Programme workers?”
She adds that the municipality’s parks department employees had gone on strike for three months. MLM did not confirm or deny this, nor indicate whether private contractors had been brought in to perform the functions.
Mbombela spokesman, Mr Joseph Ngala, could not be reached for comment on the matter at the time of going to print.
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