Shack farm in Moot backyard cause for concern

Seven zozo huts and shacks in the backyard house about 10 people. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

Vagrants living in a resident’s backyard in Wonderboom South have become a great concern in the area.

About 10 people live in seven so-called Wendy houses in the backyard of a 12th Avenue home – all of them sharing a toilet and a garden tap for water, according to DA ward councillor Elmarie Linde.

One of the vagrants told Rekord on Monday they paid between R500 and R1 000 rent a month to live there.

Linde said it was suspected some of the dwellers used drugs.

The homeowner, who identified himself only as Nico, said he allowed people to live in his backyard because both he and his wife lost their jobs and that this was their only source of income.

He said he understood how his property was a cause for concern among his neighbours.

“I will give them a month’s notice to move out,” said Nico.

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“We were desperate and this was our only source of income. We have been without jobs for almost two years.”

Linde said there was a possibility the house could be declared unfit for habitation.

“The house have not been maintained in a very long time. It could give in at any time,” she said.

She said backyard dwellings had doubled since last year “mainly due to increasing poverty”.

“Employers must start being more sensitive about this matter. They need to know where their employees are staying,” Linde said.

“It is time that employers make sure their workers have proper accommodation and facilities.”

Cecil Kroucamp, who lives next door to the property, said the situation had become unbearable.

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“The dwellers are very noisy at night, especially over weekends. They make a fire and there is smoke everywhere,” he said.

“Our house have been broken into more times than I can count.”

He pleaded for something be done.

“We cannot continue to live like this. Something must be done,” he said.

Linde said the department of health, metro police and the fire department had visited the property on Monday

 

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