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eThekwini Municipality begins demolishing old buildings to curb crime

City officials said the buildings would be renovated and used for government's social housing programmes, however, it was not yet clear how this would unfold as the buildings belong to private owners.

Officials in the process of demolishing three derelict buildings in South Beach, Durban on Friday 26 July 2019. Picture: @EthekwiniM/Twitter

DURBAN - The eThekwini Municipality on Friday officially started the first phase of its inner-city rejuvenation plan by demolishing old buildings in the CBD.

Acting Mayor Fawzia Peer said the city planned to demolish 99 buildings in an effort to rid the inner city of drug dens, brothels and criminal hubs.

Thirty-three of the buildings to be demolished are in the point area of Durban.

City officials said the buildings would be renovated and used for government's social housing programmes, however, it was not yet clear how this would unfold as the buildings belong to private owners.