Squatter angers shop-owners

Tremaine van Aardt

A SQUATTER who set up home in a flower bed in the middle of a Port Elizabeth road is frustrating business owners who claim he is chasing customers away.

But Mfundo Notwala, 51, who has lived at the same spot for three years, refuses to move. Instead, he has twice rebuilt his home of cardboard and old blankets on the Commercial Road centre aisle near KFC in Sidwell after it was demolished.

“God put me here in this place, in this situation. I am simply trying to make the best of it,” Notwala said yesterday.

But Basic Home Furnishers owner Gerald Theunissen is not happy. He claims Notwala’s daily routine is disturbing. “He washes his half- naked body in the middle of the road! He is constantly making a fire with wet wood and tyres which cause huge amounts of smoke which float into our shops,” Theunissen said.

“And to top it all off when the police take down his shack, he simply waits until they leave then he sets it up again.”

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