New Mamelodi Fire Station looted, Pretoria
The City of Tshwane has been rocked by theft and vandalism at the Mamelodi Fire Station, which was nearing completion. A group of unidentified people flocked to the construction site and attacked security guards before stealing several items and copper cables on Saturday, 26 June 2021. “Security stationed at the site were attacked, with some hospitalised, as the vandals destroyed windows and doors and stripped electrical cables,” MMC for Community Safety, Karen Meyer, said.
MMC Meyer added that the City condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the theft and vandalism that occurred. “Security stationed at the site were attacked, with some hospitalised, as the vandals destroyed windows and doors and stripped it of electrical cables. We send our well wishes to the security guards and wish them a speedy recovery. We further call on law enforcement agencies to investigate the incident and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
“The construction of the Mamelodi Fire Station was almost complete, with minor outstanding issues needing to be finalised before the project completion date, which was set for later this week.”
The City said the incident was not linked to protest action or people demanding contracts.
Chief of staff in the City, Jordan Griffiths, said this was pure theft and would set the metro back in its efforts to serve the public. He said a case was opened and the criminals had stolen items worth a few hundred rand, except for the copper cables they had cut.
Anti-crime activist Michael Birwa said such acts were disappointing and disrupted the provision of service delivery, especially in communities like Mamelodi. “Tshwane needs these kinds of services because we have instances where people in informal settlements like Plastic View informal settlement, have lost their belongings several times due to large fires. These perpetrators must be found and punished.”
MMC Meyer encouraged the community to provide law enforcement agencies with information on the incident and said the City was assessing the damage at the site and would soon determine the way forward.
The City has provided additional security at the site to prevent further theft and vandalism.
Sources: Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer, City of Tshwane Emergency Services and Pretoria News