City Condemns Vandalism on Road Infrastructure

City of Ekurhuleni’s Head of department of Roads & Stormwater Sizwe Cele has called for immediate intervention to stop the theft and vandalism of road-related infrastructure, which costs the city over R10 Million every financial year.

Vandalism to road infrastructure is one the main cause of road accidents and the city ensures the safety of roads users by timeously responding by replacing and fixing the affected infrastructure.

The City is exploring additional measures to fast-track the persecution of criminals and it has involved EMPD to prosecute the offenders.

This includes the theft and damage of man-hole covers, traffic signal poles, copper cablesroad signage, guardrails, traffic signal poles and bridge railings.

“We are calling on our stakeholders to collaborate with us in putting an end to this direct sabotage of our operations and our mandate in delivering services. The safety of our residents and all roads users is paramount, scrap dealers aiding and abetting in the sale and purchase of stolen road-related infrastructure will be prosecuted,” Said Cele.

Cele further appealed to the residents to support the city’s efforts in combating crime by reporting acts of theft and vandalism through the city’s call centre on 0860 543 6000 or SAPS on 10111.