West residents reach agreement with informal settlements

The police have brokered a solution between residents of Pretoria West and the shebeen owners in the neighbouring informal settlements about noise.

DA councillor Elma Nel, said after numerous complaints from residents, the police visited Malusi (Gamorrah 2) and Gama Gama informal settlements to find a possible solution.

“They [the police] spoke to shebeen owners and came to an agreement,” Nel said.

The owners promised to keep the noise down from now on.

“The police will also monitor the situation,” Nel said.

Tuine resident Louise Bronkhorst, said constant loud noises and music coming from the informal settlement were driving her up the wall, Rekord previously reported.

“Sometimes the music goes on until 04:30, especially on Sundays,” Bronkhorst said.

“We can not sleep.”

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Bronkhorst said that the noise was at times unbearable.

“We have even heard the noise as far as Hoërskool Tuine.”

She lives in the same street as the informal settlement.

Bronkhorst also expressed concern about choking smoke from the fires burnt in the settlement.

“Settlement dwellers light fires for warmth,” she said.

“Sometimes we have to close our windows due to the amount of smoke that comes our way.”

She also said that she was afraid for her safety.

“We have experienced a lot of robberies in our street in the past. A gate motor has been stolen in our street, in complete daylight.”

Another resident, Lilly Potgieter expressed concern about speeding in Deborah Street.

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“It is astonishing how some cars speed in this street. There have been numerous accidents due to the high speed,” she said.

“The school is just around the corner and with cars speeding, it is just a matter of time before someone gets run over.”

Potgieter said she had reported the speeding to the Tshwane metro.

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