Verskeie geboue wat nie aan die gesondheidstandaarde voldoen in die middestad van Durban, wat gebruik is vir onwettige akkommodasie en onwettige aansluitings op munisipale dienste (water, elektrisiteit en sanitasie), is op 27 September 2019 deur polisie- en stadskantore geïnspekteer. Sommige van die geboue was onwettig betrek of gekaap deur krot buurtes te skep en klein afgeskorte kamers as blyplek te verhuur. Die ervaring is dat probleemgeboue kriminele elemente lok. Onverwagte optrede en klopjag van polisie het hul aktiwiteite ontwrig. Doeane en die departement van arbeid sal in kennis gestel word van die aktiwiteite, het Moolla gesê. In al die klopjagte is mense deursoek, meestal uit Afrika lande afkomstig. Dokumentasie om in die land te woon, is nagegaan.
Bad buildings in Durban City Centre that were used for illegal accommodation and illegal connections to municipal services (water, electricity and sanitation), were raid and inspected by police and city officals on 27 September 2019. Some of the buildings included illegals or hijacked by slum lords and small little rooms as accommodation. The experience is that problem buildings attract criminal elements. These raids disrupt their activities. Customs and the labour department will be notified of the activities,” Moolla said. In all the raids, people were searched. Most came from other African countries. Their documentation to live in the country was checked.
Hoosen Moolla, Head of the City’s Inner-Thekwini Regeneration and Urban Management Programme (iTrump), was accompanied by police and city officials from each department.
A counterfeit clothing manufacturing sweatshop was uncovered by police during the raid at the Habibiah Building in Bertha Mkhize Street. Police found materials of elastic bands strewn in the passage. On closer inspection police found a room with 22 sewing machines and workers sewing clothing. A container of ink was found near a steel tray with stencil writing of Jockey engraved on it. The workers would run the elastic over the stencil and leave it to dry.
In Woodford Road officials slapped the owner of a building for non-compliance with water, electricity and having no fire escape. Forty-one rooms packed two floors with rental per month ranging from R1800 to R2500.
At the Station Road shelter a bad smell from blocked drains greeted officials. Focus was on the poor state of the building, that is owned by a wealthy businessman and prominent Durban family. Approximately fifty rooms packed the upper floors. Downstairs tenants queued to fill water in bottles and buckets from a tap. Suspected water usage was illegally connected and under investigation.
A place called Chiremba in Umgeni Road is an open plan room with 15 rooms and at least three people sharing each room. No bathing facilities and one toilet to share, with suspected electricity connections. A city-owned building in Epsom Road was in a bad state. Previous occupants were moved to Cornubia and a guard has been placed to monitor the number of people leaving and entering.
In Joe Slovo Street the Queen Lodge was listed for poor living conditions and compliance issues including fire escape and equipment were not in order. The owner was asked to submit plans for the premises and to meet an official.
Most accommodation facilities had a lack of ventilation. Owners were fined for non-compliance with by-laws, including those relating to fire safety, and in terms of the National Building Regulations, and health and safety.