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Lack of development compounds social ills in Kensington

In the build up to the August municipal elections, the CapeTalk Breakfast team broadcasts from Ward 56 - which includes Wingfield, Kensington, Windermere, Maitland, Acacia Park and Factreton.

Residents from the Kensington community say the City of Cape Town has, for years, overlooked their ward due to its structural location.

Chairperson of the local Ratepayers and Residents Association, Brian Williams says the lack of development breeds conditions for violent crime, poor housing and health hazards.

According to Williams, there is a socio-economic divide in the community that perpetuates service delivery issues such as illegal dumping and backyard dwellers.

You find on the same premises, you have five or six families living there... There is a systemic problem.

Professor Brian Williams,

Williams unpacked other social ills facing the community, including gangsterism, drug peddling, alcohol abuse and poor police resources.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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