Net closes on Ekurhuleni street light vandals

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pretoria - The City of Ekurhuleni has urged Kempton Park residents to help police find the people responsible of vandalising street light poles.

This follows the destruction of 480 poles during the last three weeks. The poles are being broken into and the wires inside are ripped out.

The city said the theft and vandalism have a negative impact on response times for all other reported street light complaints, as resources are stretched to the limit.

"A contractor has been appointed to assist with the repairs. However, since repairs include first dismantling the poles, the process will probably take several weeks to complete.

“We urge residents to be patient during the repairs period," Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe said.

The municipality has called in a security company, Combined Private Investigations (CPI), to monitor several suburbs in Kempton Park in a bid to curb these acts of vandalism and theft.

The areas affected include Esther Park, Kempton Park West, Terenure, Birch Acres, Birchleigh North, Norkem Park, Van Riebeeck Park, Edleen and Croydon.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to the SAPS, the Services Call Centre (0860 54 3000) or to the control room of the security company CPI (0860111108). –

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