Water valves ‘sabotaged’

2014-10-27 00:00

UMGUNGUNDLOVU District Municipality says police are investigating cases of alleged sabotage by strikers who are suspected of tampering with water valves and damaging property.

The municipality said in a statement yesterday the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is still facilitating negotiations in a bid to end the strike by Samwu (SA Municipal Workers’ Union) members.

It noted with “serious concern” the alleged actions of some workers in tampering with water valves and damaging property. “We view this in a serious light and have engaged the SA Police Services to find the culprits and subject them to both criminal proceedings and disciplinary action,” the municipality said in a statement.

Umgungundlovu municipality urged communities to be vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to the SAPS.

“It must be mentioned that the municipality will continue to ensure the provision of water services to all communities, albeit with limited resources at our disposal in view of the ongoing strike,” a spokesperson said.

Anyone experiencing delivery interruptions and emergencies should telephone 0800 864 911. — WR.

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