City takes a firm stand against cable thieves.
By: Talent Buthelezi
Ethekwini Mayor James Nxumalo urged the public to help the city with information concerning illegal scrap metal after a recent cable theft caused water shortage in the northern parts of Durban.
“Metro Police and SAPS will raid scrap metal yards throughout the municipality and shut them down if any stolen cables are found on the premise”, said Nxumalo.
Last week the city’s 750mm diameter water main collapsed together with a suspension bridge due to cable theft.
City management described the theft as “sabotage”.
Municipal spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa said Nxumalo visited the Newlands area together with the executive committee yesterday to check the severity of the incident. Police spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker said a fraud case had been opened.
“This is a very serious matter and it has taught us a valuable lesson that we must provide security including the installation of cameras to all our key points to avoid a similar incident occurring in the future,” said Nxumalo.
Mthethwa said that the “sabotage” will cost the municipality millions which have not been budgeted for and the municipality will now source funds from our savings to fix this problem.
Nxumalo apologised to residents as it was reported that water shortages could last for two weeks. He assured residents that the municipality was addressing the issue as contractors were already fixing the damage.
“Water will be available but we urge residents to use water sparingly during this period because water supply will be restricted. Areas that experience water interruptions will be assisted by our water tanks,” he said.
The areas that will be experience water shortage are Newlands, Parlock, Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, Mzinyathi, Amaoti, Phoenix, Umhlanga, Durban North, Virginia, La Lucia, Sea Cow Lake, Verulam, Mt View and Trenance Park.
City management advised residents to save water.