Homeless neighbours are becoming a concern

Chairman of the trustees and Willow Glen resident, Jacobus Coetzee shares his concerns about the homeless people living on the other side of his property's boundary wall. Photo: Siso Naile.

Randpark Ridge resident Jacobus Coetzee is appealing to Metro Police to intervene and remove homeless people living next to the Willow Glen complex between Jim Fouche Road and Ouhout Avenue.

Coetzee, the chairman of the board of trustees at Willow Glen complex, said the complex has been a target of attempted housebreakings, and their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

“These people live under a tree behind our boundary wall and acoustic wall and make a big noise, especially on weekends when they drink alcohol,” Coetzee explained.

He said nothing has been done to vacate them since the raid in 2015.

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“December 2015 saw the removal of many of these vagrants when Metro Police in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs and police conducted a huge raid and burnt all their stuff,” Coetzee recalled, adding that the area was quiet only for about six months after which the homeless men started invading the piece of land again.The Northsider visited the area and found household goods such as pots, dishes and clothes, which were clear indications that people were living on the land.

Pots and clothes among many items found on the piece of land being occupied by the homeless opposite Willow Glen complex in Randpark Ridge. Photo: Siso Naile

“We had a housebreaking last December and two attempts this year. These men climb over our wall like it’s nothing. However, our alarm has managed to detect the suspicious activity in the premises,” he explained.

During a Honeydew Sector 2 Policing Forum meeting, a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) representative indicated that JMPD were planning a huge raid to clear areas where complaints about vagrants have been registered.

Sector 2 acting chairperson Neville Burnett said he did not know when the raid will be, but will speak to the councillor of the area to assist with issues concerning residents.

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