Criminals take advantage of collapsed fences

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CRIMINALS gain easy access to property in New Germany after the fence around it collapses.

The fence was destroyed after a pipe burst in early April.

Home owner Sonja Jones said all they were asking was for the municipality to fill in the hole so their insurance company could erect a proper new fence.

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Jones said they understood the city had been overwhelmed by the aftermath of the flooding, but their issue should have been resolved before the tragedy.

“We have a stream running at the back of our house and we can hear the water running every time it rains. This time we could still hear the water running days after the rain stopped. That’s when we suspected something was wrong. We took pictures over the wall to see what had happened. It was a burst pipe,” she said.

“They came to fix it, but didn’t fill the hole, which eventually led to the corner of our fence collapsing,” the worried resident said.

The day the fence collapsed, Jones said, their security company sent guards to watch their home as crime was rampant in the area.

Although a temporary razor wire fence was erected, the owners of the house said they still did not feel safe.

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“Recently the criminals crawled under the barbed wire and broke into the garage and stole all of our tools,” she said.

According to Jones, each time the city sent the wrong team to assess the hole and then closed the case.

“I can’t tell you how many people have come to my house, the worst thing is that the pipe burst again during the floods, so they have to fix it again.

“The stench from it sometimes becomes unbearable, we have tried to get help without success,” she said.

The Municipality of eThekwini did not respond at press time.

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