Public toilets vandalised

2015-05-05 06:00
Electrical and plumbing connections have been stolen at the Princess Vlei ablution block.

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Electrical and plumbing connections have been stolen at the Princess Vlei ablution block. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Theft at the Princess Vlei site is proving to be a burden to the City of Cape Town after two incidents of theft and vandalism were reported.

This comes after basins and copper wires at the Princess Vlei ablution block were stolen.

Residents and patrons of the Princess Vlei Fish Market facility say they frequently use the ablution block and were stunned when they realised burglaries occurred at the facility.

One patron who wanted to remain anonymous says the “exposed wires are a safety risk”.

“We come here and relax with our children sometimes. When we arrived here a few weeks ago we saw the basins inside the toilets were stolen,” he says.

According to him this then left the ablution facilities looking untidy.

“When you come in it is wet all over and it just makes one’s visit to the place unpleasant.”

Asked whether they reported the theft, he says no.

“I didn’t think it would make a difference. We didn’t see anything and nothing would come of the case anyway,” he says.

Another resident who frequents the Princess Vlei site, Aamirah Petersen, says she is disappointed at the state of the facility. She says she used to visit the place often.

“I used to come here every week with friends and we would braai or buy fish at the fish market. But we don’t do that anymore and this is a typical example why we do not,” she says.

Petersen says the facility “isn’t what it used to be.

“Strange elements hang around here during the week and one never knows if they’re criminally inclined or not. Also, the facility has no security so this was a bait situation. It was going to happen sooner or later. Hopefully now the authorities will consider fencing the place and put security here,” Petersen says.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, confirms the City of Cape Town was informed of the burglaries.

“The City can confirm that two break-ins have occurred at the ablution block in Princess Vlei. The basins have been removed and the copper wires in the electrical box have been stolen,” Walker says.

She adds damage to other parts of the site was also reported.

“The doors of the facility were also damaged when the intruders forced their way in and some of the plumbing connections were damaged. The local City Parks team has reported these incidents to the police.”

Walker confirms an insurance claim was submitted to have the damages repaired.

“City Parks officials have tried to fix as much as possible to ensure that the ablutions are in working order. Running water has been restored at the facility so that the toilets can be used,” Walker explains.

Although the doors were also fixed, Walker says electricity at the facility remains disconnected.

She says such incidents of theft is a “burden” to the City.

“Theft and vandalism, such as this, places an unnecessary burden on the City’s budget and on those City employees who are tasked with managing this area.

“We would like to thank the community for their continued support and willingness to partner with the City to see Princess Vlei become a safe and welcoming space for recreation.”

Walker has urged community members to report suspicious activity at the Princess Vlei site to law enforcement or the police.

Residents can report incidents of theft or suspicious activity on 0800 225 669.


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