Theft of municipal assets continues

2015-04-30 14:31

MORE than 30 theft cases of Msunduzi municipal assets have been recorded since January 2013.

These cases include the frequent theft of municipal car batteries, the theft of a Tatham Art Gallery projector, the theft of an air-conditioner from the environmental health department, the theft of a laptop from the municipal AS Chetty building, fuel and old steel light poles, to mention a few items.

On 20 August, 2014 a report submitted to the Msunduzi Municipality’s legal advisor Lelani van den Berg stated that one of the KSA security guards had been detained for apparently selling old steel light poles at the municipal stores. The incident took place on 17 August at around 11.43am. However, after investigation, results were that the street light poles had been stolen from the municipal stores. As a result, the security guard, whose name is known to the Maritzburg Fever newspaper, was released the next day on free bail.

The report submitted to Van den Berg states that a white truck arrived on site where the poles had been kept. The area is just outside the main gate of the premises where there is no presence of KSA security guards. The report says that the five men who were inside the white truck started loading the poles onto it.

One of the reports from the financial services business unit states that two car batteries were stolen overnight from one of the municipal vehicles.

There have also been concerns about the theft of fuel. Maritzburg Fever understands that this matter is currently being scrutinised by the municipality’s internal audit team.

“Control measures have been introduced at fuelling bowsers in order to better monitor the use of fuel and stop fuel abuse that still exists. Regarding battery theft, it is at a minimal level since we completed the installation of our Early Warning Cop (EWCop) monitoring system although it is still unacceptable in that level. It is only happening in the scrap vehicles that are awaiting disposal where the system does not report. We are planning to fit cameras on that site to improve our security,” Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda responded.

On how the municipality plans to curb the theft of its assets, Madonda explained: “Council assets are tagged with asset numbers, especially air-conditioners and laptops and as a security measure one needs a signed and authorised asset movement form to take an asset out of council premises, especially assets like furniture and equipment.”

Control measures have been introduced at fuelling bowsers in order to better monitor the use of fuel and stop fuel abuse that still exists

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