Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Push to shut down illegal use of council houses

By Tando Mfengwana
22 November 2006

Eviction notices will be served to people operating shebeens or drug dealing in council-owned houses in the coming month.

JP Smith, the Council’s Safety and Security Committee chairman said the city and provincial administration had agreed on a strategy to tackle the problem.

He told the Cape Argus that shebeens operating in privately owned houses that are not zoned will not be spared.

This is because the city can call upon land-use planning regulations.

Letters will be sent to residents informing them of the action planned.

Smith said the Department of Community Safety will be monitoring for compliance and it will alert the council, if there is an ongoing non-compliance.

In people refuse to comply with the council, they will be left with no other choice but to go over the next step which is eviction.

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