Criminals in the Madibeng Local Municipality have no mercy. They stole a 5000 litre water tank that cost R20 000 at Letlhabile Cemetery. The tank was used for mourners’ health and convenience during lockdown.

The Acting Municipal Manager of Madibeng Local Municipality, Neo Maape said the cemetery is one of the largest and busiest burial sites in the municipality. “In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the crime creates a serious and unwarranted inconvenience that poses a risk to the health of the people who need to use the cemetery,” said Maape. Maape also assured Madibeng community that the municipality will, within its limited financial resources, replace the water tank at the earliest convenient time. He appealed to the community to be on the look out for the tank, which is green in colour. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the said item, or detects it in the possession of any other person, is requested and urged to report that to the nearest police station without delay.

The residents of Madibeng are reminded that the assets of the municipality are bought with their rates and taxes. The replacement of a stolen asset is an unforeseen and unbudgeted expenditure which is a cost for a different planned asset or service to the community.