Abandoned bowling club crime haven

Once an area for recreation, the bowling club which has the Scottsville Primary School as its neighbour, now, according to reports from residents, houses vagrants and criminals. The Scottsville Primary has appealed to the Msunduzi Municipality and various influential stakeholders to heed their plea and grant them a lease on the property.
Scottsville Primary acting Principal Nhlanhla Mkhize, said he awaited feedback from the municipality after engaging with them on the unkempt building, and the threat it posed to the school and learners.
Student accommodation owner Narji Moodley has deployed security near his premises in fear of criminals entering the property and harassing students. “There used to be a municipal security guarding on the premises, but since he was removed it has become a haven for criminal activity.Many of my tenants have been mugged next to the abandoned building” said Moodley.
‘The SAPS is aware of the increase in crime in the Scottsville area. It has become a major hotspot for criminals to participate in criminal actions, patrols have been started by the police and various community forums’, said SAPS south cluster spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese.
Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said that the municipality was aware of the hazard the abandoned building posed.
“The building has gone through an audit and a proposal will be submitted before council shortly on properties that will be released for development,” said Mafumbatha .

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Bongeka Sibisi
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