AbaQulusi Mayor urges community to stand together against cable theft

Mayor Sibiya has expressed his concern at the rampant theft of cable in AbaQulusi and warns of the imminent threat this appalling act of criminality will inevitably have on the consumers and taxpayers of the area. Photo from file.

ABAQULUSI Mayor, Jerry Sibiya, has proven time and again that he has his ear to the ground as far as municipal and community matters are concerned and the recent surges in cable theft are no exception.

Mayor Sibiya has expressed his concern at the rampant theft of cable in AbaQulusi and warns of the imminent threat this appalling act of criminality will inevitably have on the consumers and taxpayers of the area.

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This comes in the wake of a startling discovery at Vryheid Cemetery after Mayor Sibiya received a message from a concerned community member. Following up on the lead, he requested that Municipal Manager, Bonga Ntanzi go out to investigate and, near the area where the Islamic gravesite is located, a pile of discarded cables were discovered.

“There was no copper remaining on the cables,” stated Mayor Sibiya. “It appears that the wires were stripped already and the waste was merely discarded at the cemetery…”

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The mayor voiced his concern at the utter disregard for the community displayed by the cable thieves, who are not only robbing the municipality, but are creating an unbearable situation for the public, who will be condemned to feeling the financial pinch of these crimes.

“It is actually killing quality in terms of replacing all those cables,” states Mayor Sibiya. “We will definitely need money to do that… and with the situation in Vryheid of unemployment, I don’t think people will cope with these replacements. We have to find some money somewhere, and the only way to get this money is from the taxpayers. I’m feeling very sorry for them, for the community. It is definitely something that we have to fight. It is not about the municipality, it’s not about the SAPS, it’s a community effort to join hands and to be able to fight this thing.”

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Elaine Rodway

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