STREET IN SHAME
By: Sanelisiwe Mangxaba
Eden Lane in Glenwood has become a home for the homeless and a bedroom for sex workers and their clients.
According to Sinenhlanhla Cele a resident of Glenwood, a smell of faeces, urine and rubbish dump has become a part of their daily lives.
“Complaints have been laid by residents but nothing has been done about the situation up to this day,” said Cele.
She added that the municipality has abandoned the street because rubbish dump is piling up every day and the water truck that cleans the street passes the lane whenever it comes to Glenwood.
“Robberies are a daily bread such that residents have a curfew to lessen their chances of being robbed,” she added.
“Living in this street is not safe at all because I was robbed by two guys and they took my phone and wallet, I have to come back from school earlier because I do not know what might happen to me,” said Sinegugu Buthelezi resident on Eden Lane.
She added that break-ins and robberies are a common issue because of the dim streets lights.
According to Walter Chelini, a business owner, it is not easy to attract customers because sex workers confuse their clients for theirs
He said that the condition of filthiness and smell even affect businesses on the lane.
“In this street there is a case of illegal dumping and there are many sex workers and at night the lane is rather dim which makes it easy for criminals to work,” added Chelini.
However, Councillor of Glenwood Nicole Graham, claims to have sent petitions to the municipality for the street to be cleaned up and for street lights to be made bright but up until now nothing has been done so far.
“I submitted a request via the electricity department to consider upgrading those lights to a higher specification, the cleaning of the street with water is not done as regularly as should be because of the shortage of the vehicles,” said Graham.