Process delayed in evacuation of Moot vagrants

Elmarie Linde on the property. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

The process of removing vagrants living in a Moot residence’s backyard has hit a snag when it was discovered that the property had more than one owner.

“The process was already underway but had to be started all over,” according to DA ward councillor Elmarie Linde.

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.

She said the owner, who lives in the house, had promised to evacuate the vagrants in January of this year. He has, however, failed to do so.

“Residents have been complaining for months now,” Linde said.

“They say it is especially bad over weekends.”

She said the metro police were called out regularly for help.

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

Linde said it was suspected some of the vagrants 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 this was their only source of income.

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

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

Linde urged residents to be responsible homeowners.

“If people take responsibility for their properties, we can easily avoid situations like these in future,” she said.

It was unclear who the other owners of the property were at the time of going to print.

The main house on the property. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

The vagrants live in wendy homes. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

Elmarie Linde speaking to one of the vagrants. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

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