Copper theft increase linked to drug addiction

2015-10-15 06:00

The vandalised Peacevale community hall has not been              operational since last year.

PHOTO: NOKULUNGA NGOBESe The vandalised Peacevale community hall has not been operational since last year.

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COPPER theft and vandalism in Peacevale have left the community without a community hall and a post office after these services were forced to stop because of the theft.

Ward 23 councillor, Dumisani Phungula, said because of drug addiction in the community, some members steal copper to sell to feed their addiction. They have even stolen the post office burglar guards and the community hall’s corrugated iron structure to sell. As it is residents have been without a community hall for the past year and without a post office for more than six months.

Phungula said whoonga addicts in Peacevale and Gomora are on a copper and metal-stealing spree as they steal taps, burglar guards, water meters and even gates to feed their addiction.

The theft is a major inconvenience for residents because they now have to use the Ashdown community hall for functions, which is not always available. A community member, who did not want to be identified, said because of the vandalism both these places are now used as a drug haven as there are no longer operational.

“These places have become a hibernation spot for whoonga addicts and some use the post that was left scattered a few months ago after a burglar guard was stolen, for smoking. As for events, especially funerals, it has become an major inconvenience as we have to pay for transport costs to go to Ashdown. Since we have been without a hall for year, people continue to vandalise the place and we fear that it will not be revived again.”

Phungula blamed scrap yards that buy stolen goods which he said is promoting theft and drug addiction

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