The City of Ekurhuleni strongly condemns the torching of vehicles and the vandalism of the KwaThema customer care centre and the fire station today, 30 May.

An unknown number of people arrived at the customer care centre and without raising any issues set alight a municipal vehicle and another vehicle belonging to a security company contracted to the city.  They then proceeded to throw all sorts of objects at the customer care centre and the fire station, breaking windows in the process.

“This is rather regrettable because no amount of vandalism and destruction of property can solve any problem. In fact, such acts worsen situations,” says municipal spokesperson Zweli Dlamini.

“The last time the walk-in centre was vandalised, the very same community had to go to Springs to transact and/or do any business with the city.”

The EMPD swiftly responded and defused the situation this morning, and no injury to any person has been reported.

KwaThema remains calm at the moment with a heavy police presence, and no arrest has been made yet.

“We appeal to members of the public to engage us as a city directly if they have any issues so that these can be addressed productively. These acts of vandalism are not benefiting anyone but rather taking us back as the people of Ekurhuleni.”