Stealing steel is the new trend

2010-09-01 00:00

THEFT of steel structures at Imbali’s Stage 2 has become rife, with residents citing the recent opening of a scrap yard as a reason for it.

Speaking to The Witness, a source, who did not want to be identified, said that, while this has been going for the past month, last week palisade rails separating the park in Imbali and the road were stolen.

He said that he could not open a case, as police told him that the property belonged to the municipality. “It has become a trend to steal steel material, as even some houses do not have storm water drain covers because of theft. We urge residents to take action in protecting resources instead of watching, and hoping that the municipality will intervene. We cannot talk about development, while there are such things happening,” he said.

The scrap yard is alleged to have been opened last month. A local councillor Khethokwakhe Khambule said as councillors they are aware of these thefts which are alleged to be as a result of the opening of the scrap yard. “At the moment, we are negotiating with the owner to close his scrap yard as people have even started stealing taps,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said, “It is unfortunate that these thefts continue to happen. When people steal municipal property, they are actually stealing from the community. We therefore urge the community to protect its property. “If people see theft of municipal property, please sms SAFE to 083 767.

“There will be a prompt response from Safe City.”

Attempts to get comment from the scrap yard were unsuccessful.

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