CABLE THEFT IN CHATSWORTH AREAS
By: Shanice Pillay
There has been unrest between the informal settlements and foreign nationals.
This has occurred after the relocation of foreigners, due to xenophobic attacks, the on-going fight for electricity has worsened.
The Moorton and Crossmoor areas have adapted to the mushrooming of informal settlements over the years.
Foreign nationals have joined the informal settlements and are now using stolen cables from surrounding areas.
Moorton resident, Souwatharie Naidoo (63) who has been residing in the area for many years said she is fed-up with what is taking place.
“I have been living here for over a decade and not much has changed, recently I woke up to no electricity, it is upsetting we pay our stuff (utility bills),” said Naidoo.
A foreign national who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of being victimised, said he is trying to make a living like everyone else.
“I have a family to support, I know what I am doing is wrong but what else choice do we have,” said the father of three.
He added that other foreign nationals and informal settlements are starting to occupy other vacant land in the area.
Officer Peterson from the Chatsworth SAPS says residents have been complaining about the recent cable theft and land invasion in the area.
“We have had numerous calls about the land invasion and electricity problems and are looking into it,” said Peterson.
Statistics South Africa indicates nearly 90% of South Africans are still living in poverty and the majority of which are the black population.
In an effort to correct this on-going problem the eThekwini Municipality has put in place building plans which is pending approval.