KwaPata residents concerned about broken streetlights
Nombuso Asanda Dlamini
Residents of KwaPata, a small township in Pietermaritzburg have raised concerns of the high rate of crime which is allegedly rising as a result of broken streetlights.
Walking at night has become one of the scariest things to do, says a resident of KwaPata, Nosipho Dlamini.
“We do not only get mugged, but some also get raped without anyone even noticing because streetlights are broken and it is dark,” Said Nosipho.
Nosipho says that she no longer attends matric afternoon classes due to fear of coming home late and falling victim to mugging and/or rape.
The township of KwaPata is divided into 6 sections and falls under ward 16. It is led by Councillor Bhekabantu Zuma who leads under the ANC, Umsunduzi Municipality.
“I work at a local restaurant and sometimes I come home at night due to working night shift. About a month ago, I was stabbed twice in the shoulder by two men whom I could not even identify as it was too dark. We are pleading with whoever can assist, please fix the streetlights,” said Lungelo Kheswa, a resident of KwaPata.
Plessislaer Police Spokes- person Mongezi Kheswa said they are aware of the current situation at KwaPata. “We usually send police to patrol around the area at night because crime is a very serious issue in that area.”
Community members have also established a night- watch team to patrol and guard the area at night.
“We as the ANC amongst other issues are aware of the issue of streetlights and are doing all in our power to ensure that the issue gets resolved as quickly as possible,” said Nkululeko Dlomo, an ANCYL activist under ward 16 .