No threats can stop her. Margaret MacKay showing the padlock on one of the garden gates at the old magistrate's house [known as the house of horrors] in Agnar Street which she personally bought and installed. Photos: Elaine King
KNYSNA NEWS FLASH AND VIDEO - A bucket of urine and faeces chucked over her body, her face and hair and death threats will not stop the feisty Margaret MacKay who is on a ‘warpath’ to keep vagrants out of the Knysna ‘house of horror’ in Agnar Street since this house is directly opposite hers.
This house, owned by the Department of Public Works, was first exposed by the Knysna-Plett Herald for being a blight on the neighbourhood and a haven for drugs and crime on May 12.
The Knysna municipality then appointed an independent contractor to clean it up two weeks ago, since no action was taken by the Department of Public Works who own this house.
The house which was completely trashed, rooms covered in rubbish and human excrement, was boarded up ‘clean’ more than a week ago.
But this had not stopped the previous illegal dwellers from trying to return ‘home,’ and it has made MacKay all the more determined to stop this from happening.
Armed with a firearm and three two fierce looking big dogs, MacKay goes across the road every single morning and evening to stop the vagrants from returning - and she says she will keep on doing this irrespective of any actions or several death threats against her.
One of the displaced dwellers’ threats "to f!@#$& kill you," dealt out when MacKay was in Grey Street in the town is just one ugly incident that will not deter her she says.
MacKay has lived at number 2B Agnar Street since the end of April this year, is a single woman and a pensioner, who says her image of Knysna has changed dramatically owing to what she has experienced here.
"During this time [since she moved into her house in April] my life has been a living hell due to the fact that house in front of mine is occupied by drug addicts and prostitutes."
Having moved here from Johannesburg, Mackay says that she may as well have moved into the notorious Hillbrow.
Speaking to the Knysna-Plett Herald she tells her story of having faeces thrown at her, having to go home and remove her defiled clothes and even crying so horrible was this episode.
Watch a video below:
MacKay showing where she has boarded the house up.