Pinard Road in Amorosa Ruimsig has become a no-go area, this according to Nhazlee Amien, who had a saddening and traumatizing experience during her drive to the area.
Amien, who owns two plots on Pinard Road, alleged that she and her family members were forced off the road while visiting her plots by three men who accused them of trespassing. The incident happened on Friday, 24 November.
She said the men verbally abused and threatened them, and went as far as assaulting her mother who was filming the drama as it unfolded during the alleged crisis.
“I with my aunt and elderly mum were visiting a property I own adjacent to that road and we were forced off the road by these men who verbally abused, threatened and assaulted my mother who was filming the incident,” said Amien.
Amien added that her mother was pushed to the floor and her cellphone was allegedly confiscated by the men who tried to delete some of the evidence which had been captured in her mother’s phone.
“My mother was standing taking photos and videos of the incident and my aunt was reversing the car when she was pushed to the ground and sustained bruises to her hand and wrist,” she explained.
Prior to the assault, Amien said they were visiting the plots to observe future developments. She indicated that a vehicle pulled over and requested a right of way. While arrangements were made to reverse because Pinard Road is a narrow and undevelopment route, Amien added that a further two vehicles pitched at the scene and started accusing them of trespassing.
Amien told Northsider that it was unclear how she and her family were trespassing because according to law the road is not private. “By law and town planning documents, my entrance to the properties are on Pinard Road, but these men claim this road is private and have erected a sign of no trespassing,” she explained.
Amien has since reported the matter to Honeydew Police Station. The involved men, understood to be working for a security systems company, were approached for comment. A company representative responded to say that they also opened a case against the complainants at Muldersdrift Police Station. The representative refused to give details about the charge.
Ward 97 councillor Leah Knott, who said will be following up on the matter, clarified that “A city named road should be public.”
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