‘Take ownership of amenities to stave off theft’

2019-01-31 06:22
One of the vandalised park at Kuyasa. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

One of the vandalised park at Kuyasa. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Vandalism and theft on community amenities is escalating and that costs the City millions to repair.

The has City urged communities to take ownership of facilities in their respective areas and protect them against criminals.

Some of the facilities are vandalised during service delivery protests, during which criminals make away with stuff and sell such to scrapyard dealers.

Lulama Ntsundukazi from Z Section in Site B has urged the government to tightened the screws against the perpetrators.

“In most cases, the City’s facilities are vandalised by protesters. They vent their anger on the streets and sometimes burn clinics, libraries and discard the rubbish on the streets. This comes back to haunt us,” said Ntsundukazi.

“Criminals have an impact in delaying the development of our areas by stealing from these facilities.”

Ward 99 Councillor Bongile Ngcani has also urged the community to take ownership of the facilities to protect them.

“In our communities, we have a problem of criminals who are going around stealing everything they can sell to the scrapyards and make money to buy drugs.

“Also, there are people who are land invaders; some of whom steal the fencing around the parks to use such for their yards,” said Ngcani.

He said the City does provide services in many communities but people vandalise and damage them.

Mayor Dan Plato said looking after the City’s facilities requires the support and collaboration of all community members.

“We cannot allow the vandalism and destruction of City property and ultimately, community assets, to continue. It is a waste of resources, as money that could be used for housing or sanitation has to be used to repair assets,” said Plato.

He said facilities within community services and the health directorate are particularly vulnerable, and these include libraries, clinics, sports complexes, community centres and parks.

“City facilities are the continuous targets of wanton criminal acts and vandalism. And the City spends millions annually to repair and replace these assets,” he concluded.

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