Mayor’s Parlour burgled

2009-11-09 00:00

MUNICIPAL security once again proved to be ineffective last week when a security breach took place at the city hall in broad daylight.

Brazen thieves allegedly gained access to the Mayor’s Parlour and the speaker’s office last Thursday and walked away with laptops, digital cameras, bank cards and stationary.

According to well-placed sources, it was easy for the culprits to enter the Mayor’s Parlour because the door was left open, although they had to break into the speaker’s office to gain entry.

Municipal employees who spoke to The Witness on condition of anonymity, said although there are CCTV cameras in the Mayor’s Parlour, for some unknown reason they face upwards.

CCTV cameras to be placed throughout the city hall have been purchased but are still lying around waiting to be installed, the employees alleged.

The staffers said the thieves could have been caught if the security guards were more vigilant at the entry and exit points.

“They need to be more strict when it comes to screening people. They don’t even search people so its easy to steal something and walk out. All bags should be left with the security to avoid people stuffing things in their bags and walking out,” said an employee.

Another staff member said it was shocking how relaxed the security was at the mayor parlour.

“You just press the buzzer and the door is opened by someone on the inside. They don’t even check to see who you are or what you want,” said the employee.

DA councillor Bill Lambert was shocked when The Witness informed him about the incident, saying it was the first he had heard of it.

“What sort of security company have we got? The security is absolutely appalling and it comes at an exorbitant cost,” he said.

He made reference to previous media reports surrounding the stealing of municipal petrol, the lost mower at the oval and stolen brush cutters.

IFP councillor Dolo Zondi said he was also surprised to hear about the incident because no one had reported it to him.

“It’s surprising that there’s security at the city hall on a 24-hour basis yet this happens. It’s clear that we need to get the right people to do the work,” he said.

Acting Msunduzi Mayor Mervyn Dirks said he had yet to hear about the incident and referred The Witness to acting public safety manager Kenneth Chetty for comment.

Chetty said it was difficult to comment at this stage as the matter was now sub judice but investigations were underway.

However, SAPS spokesman Henry Budhram said although there was a report about the incident, a case has yet to be opened.

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