Msunduzi to beef up landfill security

2015-10-28 06:00

FROM using pellet guns to outsourcing a private security company, the Msunduzi Municipality is to tighten security at the New England Road landfill site after conducting a security assessment on 5 June.

The municipality will also install tower satellite monitors to monitor the entire site and a patrol unit on quad bikes will inspect the area.

The main entrance will be rearranged as there will be a stand-alone pedestrian gate and a separate vehicle entrance. It has been proposed that three high-security monitoring towers be mounted on three strategic points to enable security guards to scan the whole area and its borderline. These security guards will be equipped with binoculars, portable radios, pellet rifle and site plan.

At the recent Executive committee meeting councillor Judith Lawrence was against the usage of pellet guns to control the tip-pickers and suggested they be replaced by paintball guns.

“What if someone shoots them in the eye? Wouldn’t it be better with [paintball guns]? These people we are firing at are people who have got the least in life, and we are going to make life even more difficult for them. I’m just wary about guns. Paintball is enough to frighten them. I’m just wary of people having firearms around,” said Lawrence.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said that the municipality is left with no choice but to use pellet guns, however, he said that they are rarely used to control the situation.

“What do you suggest should be done if people break the law? Let’s note that, but unfortunately, we have to agree it is on rare occasions that these pellet rifles are used. If it happens that it’s the eye that becomes a target we will have to live with the consequences thereof,” said Ndlela.

The report from the infrastructure services unit states that tip-pickers will be vetted for accreditation and those meeting the criteria will be issued with proper accreditation with full details and an individual number.

The report from infrastructure services stated that the private security guards have challenges controlling tip-pickers from scattering all over the site and that illegal structures have been erected on-site.

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