Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
5 minute read
28 Oct 2021
5:19 pm

Pics: Neglect and violence turned business district into a dystopian scene

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

After years of neglect, the June riots finally killed a Joburg industrial area, leaving hundreds unemployed and without hope of ever recovering.

Suburban Street in Jeppestown has become a ghost town thanks to several businesses shutting down

An entire street of businesses in the automotive and engineering sector have shut down after years of battling cable theft, illegal connections, crime, and vandalism in Jeppestown, Johannesburg Suburban street resembles a ghost town, as most businesses on it have been shut down since July. Dwellers of hijacked buildings and surrounding hostels have apparently wreaked havoc on several properties, with illegal connections that have caused hazardous fires and cable theft that has cost millions in damage. Business owners say the city's failure to deal with crime and security issues in Jeppestown affected service delivery and led to the demise of...