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CCTV cameras miss Durban elephant vandals

2012-06-01 12:29

Johannesburg - CCTV cameras that should have caught the vandals who defaced Durban's controversial elephant sculpture on film were either not working or obscured by trees, the Mercury newspaper reported on Friday.

One of three unfinished elephant sculptures, for which the eThekwini metro has already paid R1m, was splashed with red paint a week ago.

The newspaper had asked for access to footage of the statues, but was told by Charles Khumal from the eThekwini municipality's safety and security cluster that there had been a power failure.

However, another unnamed city official said one of the two cameras had its field of view obscured by a tree, while another was not working at the time. The sculptures, by Andries Botha, are made out of wire frames, and filled with stones.

Pictures of the painted sculpture appeared on Facebook last Sunday.

In an earlier incident, in March this year, one of the elephants was completely dismantled, the metal frame was stolen, and the other two sculptures were damaged.

The sculptures, situated at Durban's Warwick Interchange, are meant to symbolise the forgotten conversation between man and nature.

A local ANC leader had work on the installation halted in February 2010, because they apparently reminded some people of the Inkatha Freedom Party's logo.

Comments
  • Kala - 2012-06-01 12:35

    On the bright side. At least its not another municipal white elephant.

      Felix - 2012-06-01 13:11

      Plus shares in Dulux are going up.

  • Loo - 2012-06-01 12:46

    AG FF**sakes. Next will be killing all the bulls in Natal because it reminds some political turd about the Blue-Bulls .. mind you . .that will be ok .. hehhe

  • Loo - 2012-06-01 12:51

    This happens when the present government tell its followers.. Its cool to vandalise , ,we will even organize marches and opportunities for you to do so.

  • lizl.coe - 2012-06-01 13:10

    Now where is the ETV News crew when you need them

      ianingwe - 2012-06-01 14:12

      No tip off?

  • Peter - 2012-06-01 13:15

    And we, the ratepayers of Durban continue to fund this riduculous farce...where are the opposition politicians now?

  • Dave - 2012-06-01 13:18

    When the last person leaves, please turn the lights off

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-01 13:54

    R1M is already paid for toy elephant mayb at Kruger national park was gonna be cheaper, I thought Dbn is full of indians with good negotiation skill

  • brian.connell.18 - 2012-06-01 14:01

    I would expect nothing less from the city management. Very little actually works any more. Except the vandals, that is.

  • Clive - 2012-06-01 14:16

    This whole elephant saga, from the time it started, is just another reminder of how intolerant and arrogant the ANC is.

  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-01 15:13

    What cameras are they talking about? I drive past the site every day and still havn't spotted them? And if the cameras are not working or obscured by tree branches why not simply mount a camera on the high mast light pole that already exists just past the sculpture?

  • russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-02 18:13

    course somebody might have checked, when they finally pulled their fingers out of their collective arses, that the cameras they wanted to use... actually worked and showed something besides foilage right?

  • Cody - 2012-06-03 13:47

    Where are the pictures? silly me the cameras shes not working

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