Rustenburg Local Municipality officials are working around the clock to curb the continuing vandalism. In a statement, the municipality said it has once again noted with distress the theft and vandalism that continues unabated, sporadically, on its electricity and water infrastructure, in recent weeks.
“This unfortunate, unnecessary and undesirable trend costs Municipality millions of rands per replacement, per annum, which really impacts negatively on our fiscuss. We cannot go on like this, lest we are unable to provide essential services to our communities. We have to confront these dubious acts and stop them,” remarked
Municipal Manager, Victor Makona in a meeting he held with senior managers of the Municipality ‘s Public Safety Directorate and in his office.
Amongst others, the Municipality will embark on continuous joint operations with the South African Police Service (SAPS), community based structures, community policing
forums and private security companies, as a collaborative effort to ensuring that the war against criminality is waged and won within the CBD, suburban areas, townships,
villages and informal settlements.
“I’m excited about the Municipal Manager’s efforts and determination to clamp down on this criminality. We cannot for a second tolerate it. We will not dwell on the details of our collaborative security strategy. For it to be effective, it must have an element of surprise. We want to reassure our communities that together with them, we will win this war.We are equally concerned as these undesirable acts of criminality by faceless elements inconvenience all of us, residents and businesses, as power outages and water supply cuts are experienced daily, not out of our own making, but sheer criminality,” said Executive Mayor, Mpho Khunou, as he endorsed the campaign under the theme: “love your city “