Copper sheeting stolen from city hall roof

2013-03-12 00:00

THE story of a damaged grand piano that derailed a concert at the weekend has exposed rampant theft at the city hall.

Apparently the water that damaged the piano, worth more than R1 million, leaked from a hole in the roof where thieves had removed copper sheeting.

According to city authorities, the sheeting — 12 metres long and 90 cm wide — as well as 25 metres of copper cable were stolen last month.

“I was alarmed to learn that copper was stolen at the city hall from right under our nose,” said Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert.

He said this was not the first time that items had gone missing from the city hall.

“We first had a fridge belonging to the executive committee boardroom stolen and a computer from one of the offices …”

Lambert said he recently lost a travel bag containing his travel documents, driver’s licence and some foreign currency.

“I am very alarmed by the thieving going on there because this looks like an inside job. I mean, how does one carry a copper sheet that big without anyone at the city hall seeing?”

A city hall insider said there were only three ways a person could access the roof of the building.

“One is through the door on the second floor, the second is through the old caretaker’s office and the third is on the second floor in the municipal manager’s office, so how would a person enter the city hall and leave with copper cables without anyone noticing?”

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said a case of theft of the copper was opened last month.

He said security at the city hall was a cause for concern because theft was a regular occurrence.

“The city hall working group is meeting on March 28 to look at all the issues about the city hall, including security and maintenance,” he said.

Zuma said it would be a misleading to imply that the city hall had been neglected.

“There is maintenance taking place there. Whether it is adequate or not is another issue. In the recent past, there was a revamp of some of the ground floor offices. Lights in the corridors were changed, chairs in the hall were repaired, painting was done and it is continuing as we speak.”

He said the leak that damaged the piano had not been detected, or the piano would have been removed and the leak attended to.

“In the meantime we will check with our insurance as to what possibilities exist,” said Zuma.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.