Umbilo residents unhappy over living conditions
An increase in the number of homeless people has left many Durban residents concerned.
A well known central suburb of Durban, Umbilo is a quiet and statistically one of the safest areas in the city. In recent years, it has seen an increasing number of homeless people flocking into the area.
Umbilo, Cambridge road is home to more than 50 homeless people. This area was recently burnt down by police officers in an attempt to stop homeless people from residing in the area, although the attempt was unsuccessful.
Residents have raised concerns on how they are not safe with a student residence located in the area as well, students are complaining about noise and their safety being compromised.
Scelo Mkhize a student residence security guard raised concerns regarding the safety of the students.
“Students are complaining about this place is dirty. They are always burning here, they get chased away and they still come back. It is dirty here and that is not right because on our side it is clean but the side where these guys live has fencing but their dirt still comes to our side.”
Mkhize further said the Municipality must come up with a solution for these people.
The Umbilo area is packed with many foreign nationals that initially came to the country to search for jobs.
Tendai Chikumba from Zimbabwe came to South Africa in 2002 illegally trying to look for better work opportunities so he could provide for his family but has since found himself homeless and unable to provide for them.
The residents of Umbilo are still waiting for a solution from the municipality on how their safety will be insured and what solutions will be put in place going forward.