Kaunda demands severe punishment for culprits who blaze city vehicles
EThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has called on police to arrest offenders responsible for burning city vehicles.
According to a press release from eThekwini Municipality on Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, four municipal vehicles were set alight at Intuthuko Junction, in Cato Manor.
This follows an incident which occurred last month, where six state vehicles were also burnt in a Sizakala Centre in Lamontville during a service delivery protest.
Kaunda recalled another incident which occurred on Wednesday, when the city’s Land Invasion Unit had an operation in the area to prevent land grabs and members came under attack.
“The unit came face to face with land invaders in the area which resulted to one of city’s vehicles being stoned while other members sustained injuries. Investigation is underway to establish whether this operation could be the reason for the city’s property to be destroyed,” he said.
Kaunda said this unjust behaviour by citizens has not only raised great concern but it has negatively impacted the process of service delivery.
“We are concerned about this criminal behaviour of some members of the public. It is worrying because this unlawful conduct is not relenting. This is tax payers’ money and resources that are supposed to assist us in speeding up service delivery,” he said.
Kaunda also urged the police to take a stand against these offenders and the public to report on such criminal acts.
“We therefore appeal to the police to leave no stone unturned and arrest those responsible for this crime. We also urge the members of the community not to be silent when incidents of this nature happen in their communities. They need to isolate these individuals by working unwaveringly with the police,” added Kaunda
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