Hobos must go home, they are scaring the tourists: says Mayor

THE hobos who live on the streets of Durban will soon be told to go back home.

This was revealed by eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo during the municipality’s R41,6 billion, 2016/2017 budget speech at Durban City Hall yesterday.

“You know there are many homeless people who live under bridges, and we still have hobos who must go back home,” he said.

The mayor said the hobos were scaring away tourists by knocking on windows and asking for money.

“Knocking on windows could lead to serious criminal activities. We don’t want that to happen, so they must go back home.

“If they have a problem with drugs, we will help them go to rehabilitation centres,” said Nxumalo.

He said the municipality has started a task team to make sure that city buses were not disrupted again.

He also said the rates for electricity and water would be increased.

He said water would go up by 12,5%, while electricity would be increased by 7,4%.

The mayor said 15 000 RDP houses would be built in the next three years.

“More than 12 000 sites with water and electricity will also be allocated,” said the mayor.

“More than 37 000 people will have water, and more than 90 000 families will have electricity in the next three years.

“Flushing toilets will also be built for more than 24 000 families.”

Nxumalo said the youth would gain skills, as a development project had been created for them.

He added that since 2011, more than 30 000 unregistered municipal employees, including 956 Metro cops, had been given permanent jobs.

– Daily Sun