Residents call for intervention on an abandoned house


Residents of Glenwood have raised concerns over an abandoned house which is alleged to be a contributing factor to criminal activities in the area.

The house has no number and is situated next to house 29 McDonald Avenue through Rodney Road. The residents allege that on a daily basis there are strange people coming into the house and there are children also living in the establishment.

One of the residents who spoke to The Glenwood Weekly Gazette under anonymity said it maybe possible that the people living or making use of the establishment are unknown to the owner. “The house has no water and electricity, walls have been vandalised inside and out and is not safe to house children. We urge the police and the CPF to intervene,” said the resident.

Umbilo SAPS station commander Colonel John Romer confirmed that he was aware of the house, however, more intervention is needed. According to sourced information, the house owner was contacted at some point in time by police and was not interested in taking responsibility for the property. The eThekwini Municipality spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela said, “The respective property is a private property, therefore the onus lies with the property owner to protect their property or surrender it to council should they find them difficult to maintain and/or protect. The municipality therefore, does not have the power to act in the absence of an official letter, preferably endorsed by the court of law asking for the city to intervene.”

Mayisela is urging residents to report any illegal activity to SAPS and Metro Police. “The 24-hour call centre number that they can contact is
031 361 0000 (Emergency Services, Metro Police, Fire and Disaster Management, ” said Mayisela.