Neglected park to be revitalised

The City of Mbombela Local Municipality (CMLM) says it will demolish a dilapidated structure in a park at Wilger Street.

This follows after community members living next to the park raised concerns about their safety.

They said it is a hiding place for criminals the site is unbearable and the situation keeps getting worse.


CMLM spokesman, Joseph Ngala said the municipality has plans to improve the park.
“We are going to repair the gate and plant poles so that we can close access to the park. The issue of safety should be directed to SAPS,” explained Ngala.

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When Nelspruit Post visited the park, it appeared as if there were people living in the dilapidated toilets and rooms there. There were matchsticks on the floor and some boxes covering the broken windows. The swings were broken and there were no signs of children playing.
Elize Oosthuizen, a community member, says memories of walking her dog in a beautiful and safe park are all she has left.


“I have been living in this area for so many years and watching the park getting destroyed is not right. The park has become a very dangerous place to go and we see people hosting parties there too.

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“The only time one sees police patrolling is after you hear about a house break-in around our area.
“As a parent you cannot allow your children to go there to play because it is not safe at all. My children grew up in that park.

“They used to play there and I would never worry about them. I now cannot even walk my dogs there because the site is awful and nothing is been done about it. I have seen so many people raise their concern about parks in town but I have never heard anyone talk about this park,” she explained.

It is also alleged that there are people dealing with drugs.

According to a source, almost every weekend there are people who host parties and play loud music.

“We have seen them parting there several times and they always leave the park dirty. We have seen them smoking marijuana, however I do not know about people using any other drugs there. What I think could be happening in that park is people who meet there and exchange drugs,” he said.


Police spokesman, Brig Leonard Hlathi says the community members need to visit the commissioner and explain the situation.

“He will be able to assist them by implementing the relevant solution. If it needs to be done, they can even arrange with him to make sure that the police patrol the area to ensure that everything is in order.

“They should remember that the local police station is there to provide services for them and they should
make use of those offices,” said Hlathi.

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Bridget Mpande

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