An apparent “misunderstanding” led to metro workers cutting down plants planted by residents in Kloofsig yesterday.
The Yucca plants were planted by residents in College Street after thick grass and trees, which had been growing around the Groenkloof nature reserve fence, were removed.
The plants were located on the reserve’s side of the street.
Upset residents told Rekord they had planted them to make the now empty sidewalk more visually appealing.
Ward councillor Johan van Buuren said the plants had been removed because of a “misunderstanding”.
“Residents asked the metro to help keep the electrified fence clear of bushes after a spate of dog poisonings in the area,” said Van Buuren.
“The residents suspected the dog poisoners came from the nature reserve’s side.”
Van Buuren said he said he was contacted on Thursday after an altercation between metro workers, who were clearing the fence of vegetation, and angry residents.
“As soon as the altercation began, the metro team left the area,” said Van Buuren.
He said the matter will be discussed at a meeting with residents next week.
“While the metro is thankful for the efforts by residents to uplift the area,” said Van Buuren, “the plants can still hide any criminals cutting through it from sight.
But one resident, Martie van der Walt, does not agree.
“How can the plants be a safety risk as no criminal can climb into the plants and hide there,” said Van Der Walt.
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