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Kenfac residents upset over illegal occupation

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A group of approximately 100 people who allegedly occupied an unused factory illegally over the weekend has left residents in Kensington up in arms. The Kenfac Ratepayers Association was alerted by members of the community after four truckloads of people were dropped off at the old derelict building in 4th avenue and 2nd street Kensington.

Secretary for the Kenfac ratepayers association, Mariam Oliver said they was alerted to noise by community members which at first was thought to be illegal dumping.

On Sunday evening just after 9pm loud banging noises came from the dilapidated building which worried residents as the building has been empty for four months now.

Oliver said that the illegal occupants then entered the building with personal belongings and it now appears as if these people will be occupying the building indefinitely.

Kenfac has now called on authorities to assist in removing the occupants for a number of reasons, one being that the building has been deemed unsafe for human occupation.

After meeting with authorities on Tuesday Oliver said that they are awaiting an outcome and will in due time know or be informed about the matter.

She goes on to say that the owner of the building has not been informed as the organization could not get hold of him at the time of the incident.

City officials did not reply to a request for an interview regarding the matter at the time of deadline. VOC (Imogen Vollenhoven)


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