480 East Rand street lights vandalised

Johannesburg - A total of 480 street light poles have been vandalised in Kempton Park and the surrounding areas, the City of Ekurhuleni said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Themba Gadebe said the poles were damaged over a three week period.

"The poles are being broken into and the wires inside the poles are ripped out."

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

"This theft and vandalism has a negative impact on response times for all other reported street light complaints as resources are stretched to the limit."

The municipality called on residents to help police find those responsible.

Gadebe said the municipality had appointed a security company to monitor several suburbs in Kempton Park to curb the theft.

"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."


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Kevin Marsh 2014-08-27 05:17:38 PM
Time for solar lighting .
Alton Small 2014-08-27 05:47:37 PM
Kevin I agree, wuth built in battery on the panel, no maintenence.
Kosmonooit 2014-08-27 05:52:40 PM
So they get fix only to be looted again? what pro-active measures are being taken to secure the assets from future pillaging? And to stem the trade of stolen scrap metal?
Tim Safak 2014-08-27 05:59:53 PM
Close down the buyers and the chop shops
Joe Black 2014-08-27 06:05:57 PM
Who are these lice?
Vince Muller 2014-08-27 07:08:44 PM
Idiots... do something for our country and fellow South Africans... rather vandalise the "etoll camaras" not necessities of the people
Roddy Jardim 2014-08-27 07:11:25 PM
So many vandalised, I wonder if it is an inside job to get business for the contractor , with this corrupt bunch anything is possible.
Ivan van Heerden 2014-08-27 08:03:09 PM
Time for cable theft to become a treasonable offense. Mandatory life sentences without parole for scrap metal dealers and the people who supply them.