Chatsworth resident to challenge fine for solving neighbourhood flooding problem

The City of Ethekwini has fined Chatsworth resident for fixing and cleaning a vacant land next to his home.

Pat Naicker, of Havenside, says he will be challenging the R5,000 fine te City issued to him for installing a drainage system and building a staircase next to his home and that of his neighbour.

_Sunday Tribune _reported that the problem Naicker has been facing dates back to around 1987.

Speaking to Joanne Joseph, Naicker says in 1987 during the KwaZulu-Natal floods, their granny's flat was flooded with water coming from the foundation and through the walls.

Every time we got major rains for two or three days the walls got damaged and the building would get flooded. In April last year, we lost a lot of furniture and the walls were damaged.

Pat Naicker, Chatsworth resident

We approached the ward councillor and he gave us permission to install a drainage system under the 'Adopt A Spot' programme.

Pat Naicker, Chatsworth resident

Naicker says he met with city officials and the councillor hoping the fine would be scrapped but the city did not do so.

He adds that he has met with his lawyers and will be challenging the R5,000 fine.

Listen to the full interview below...


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