Nellmapius Community park turned into a dumping site.
Illegal dumpers have deprived the children of Nellmapius Extension 24 a playground, a parent has complained.
Martha Baloyi said land grabbers had turned the community park into a dumpsite while drug addicts had vandalised it, stealing swings and other equipment.
“When the community park in Matintinyane Street was built, it was a safe place for children to play at but no more,” said Baloyi.
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Baloyi said the land invaders had destroyed what was meant to be a safe place for kids by building shacks on it.
She said she was concerned for the health of the children who continue to play in the park.
“Their health is at risk because there are mosquitoes everywhere and we are supposed to monitor our children almost every day making sure that they don’t play at what used to be a community park.”
“But children being children, continue to play there though we tell them they should not.”
“Community parks in Nellmapius and Mamelodi are well taken care of but ours, it seems the Tshwane metro doesn’t have plans to monitor it.”
Baloyi said they have raised the issue with local councillor Joel Masilela who promised to do something.
“The land invaders started erecting shacks next to the community park and later more came and erected their shacks right in the park.”
“Furthermore, they started littering.
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“The smell is unbearable, the area is stinky and we cannot sit outside our house or even open doors and windows.”
A land-grabber who wished not to be named said he was aware of the damage they were causing to the community park, but said they had no choice because they were tired of renting backyard rooms.
“We have been on the waiting list of RDP houses forever and the community park was the only solution for us to find a place to stay.”
Local children said this was their closest park and they really enjoyed playing there.
Baloyi said the park had become a safe harbour for criminals and it was no longer safe to walk by especially at night.
“We are pleading with the metro to start maintaining the park like all community parks in Mamelodi and Nellmapius.”
The metro could not yet provide comment.
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