Residents of Ridgeview Gardens in Cator Manor in Durban are threatening to start a protest and evict the owner of a trucking company that operates in their residential area.
They say they bear the brunt of traffic jams, accidents, toxic emissions, illegal parking and damage to their homes.
Residents say complaints have been made to the eThekwini Municipality for the past four years, but they seem to have gone unheeded.
Ridgeview Gardens committee chairman Dumisani Matonsi says some residents are suffering from health complications due to the dust and emissions.
“This operation poses a danger to public health. When it comes to the owner, he just ignores people. We have been told by the municipality that the case has now been referred to the magistrates’ court in accordance with Metro (council).”
“We have a situation that is out of control because the metro (council) can’t help us and the magistrates’ court can’t help us. This [why] now people want to march and protest and physically remove him and take him out of the community,” Matonsi says.
Meanwhile, Ward Councilor Bhekisisa Mngadi says efforts are being made to relocate the transport company.
“We told him that he should leave this area. Residents do not want him to be operated on there. There is dust, and their houses were built on insufficiently solid ground. We know these houses are hanging, but we told him to keep these houses and make them perfect. I am still waiting for him to respond that he has a place he can work from,” adds Mngadi.