This morning eThekwini Municipality demolished an illegal building at 44 Lancers Road that was operating as an illegal tavern, bringing relief and safety to the neighbouring community.
A joint operation by several City departments including Human Settlements, Area Based Management Unit, Metro Police, Problem Buildings Division, Urban Improvement Precinct and the SAPS carried out an operation on Monday this week to clear out the tavern followed by the demolition today. The operation was deemed a success with onlookers applauding the action taken.
The illegal tavern contributed to major crime that impacted the entire CBD. The city took action following numerous complaints by conducting several raids which yielded positive results. Despite issuing several warnings, the owners continued to operate with impunity forcing the City to take stern action against the owner of the tavern.
The demolition forms a part of the City's continued efforts to regenerate the CBD and ensure a safer eThekwini for all.