Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga has decried the theft and vandalism of municipality infrastructure, which he said was destabilising the metro, hampered service delivery and affected residents’ quality of life.
Speaking during an oversight visit to Soshanguve on Wednesday where he went to assess and unveil block DD bulk water pipeline to Stinkwater, Msimanga said he was concerned that community members remained silent about vandalism that happened in front of their eyes.
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Msimanga, accompanied by the MMC for utility services Darryl Moss, unveiled the newly installed pipeline that supplies water to parts of Soshanguve and extends to New Eersterus, Temba, Hammanskraal and Stinkwater.
He said the installation of the new pipeline from the reservoir in Soshanguve block DD started back in 2013 with the objective of growing supply to more than 10 000 households.
“The project was abandoned due to irregularities and we had to redo it,” he said.
Msimanga appealed to community members to report any incident of vandalism to the police.
He pointed to about eight street lampposts near the reservoir that had been pulled down.
“Lights are stolen and used at car washes, in other instances poles are stolen, and this is not only robbing us as the municipality but it’s robbing our people of infrastructure and service,” said Msimanga.
“Our people can’t tell us that they did not see these people who vandalised our infrastructure,” he said.
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He said incidents of vandalism including street lights were shocking, saying often the residents complained about being robbed and mugged in the dark at night but they were not aware that this was a result of theft of street lights.
Msimanga said the metro lost millions of rand annually to cable theft and vandalism of municipality infrastructure.
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