THE Gamalakhe public swimming pool, which was temporarily closed for fixtures earlier this year, is not yet ready for public use the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality said this week. The pool, which was last seen in a sorry state with a damaged fence, broken windows, doors, and toilet facilities as well as dirty and unmaintained pool water, was closed to the public in October for repairs to be done.Vandalism was identified as the cause of the damages. “It is us as a community that are destroying a good thing. “If I were the municipality, I would also give up on this community. I mean, why break the windows of a public property?” said resident Mbali Khubone. Philile Khumalo echoed these sentiments, adding that the current generation was misusing a privilege which was not available to previous generations in the community. RNM spokesperson Simon April said the problems experienced at the Gamalakhe swimming pool are mainly due to vandalism and theft. He said the municipality has since closed the swimming pool for purposes of swimming and processes of obtaining a service provider to fix all items in the pool, including the building.“The municipality will eventually deploy a 24-hour security guard, but we will also be partnering with the community of Gamalakhe to ensure that the pool remains in a proper condition,” said April. “The municipality was aiming to have the work completed by the beginning of the festive season, but the extent of the damages could not allow that,” said April.