Metrorail says 14 arrests have been made in Cape Town in the past seven days. The passenger rail service in the Western Cape has been the target of vandals for years. Metrorail spokesperson, Riana Scott, says a revised regional security strategy focusing on known hotspots and maintenance facilities, has paid[…]
The Democratic Alliance has urged the basic education department to work closely with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to ensure maximum police visibility at schools during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. This followed Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s confirmation that 397 schools had been vandalised across the country since the[…]
A R1.4bn “mega project” has been presented to Khayelitsha community stakeholders to resuscitate its practically defunct rail service, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa said on Thursday. Newly appointed administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo and several of his technical team reported back to local leaders two weeks after an initial meeting,[…]
Mobile operators Vodacom and MTN have warned that South Africans may suffer network problems as a result of vandalism on cellphone towers. Thieves have targeted cellphone base stations to steal expensive batteries and diesel fuel used to power the mobile network infrastructure – especially during rolling blackouts. Eskom announced an[…]
By Aneeqa Du Plessis Appalled parents shut down Alpine Primary School in Mitchells Plain on Wednesday after 1300 children were expected to share two toilets. Alpine primary has been the target of continuous vandalism incidents. Several complaints were reported to the province’s Safe School Call Centre during the holidays. In[…]
The City of Cape Town says that although the City faces criticism for wasting electricity, the continued burning of streetlamps during the day serves as a deterrent against vandalism and infrastructural theft. According to the executive director for energy at the City of Cape Town, Kadri Nassiep, it is more[…]
Johnston road cemetery in Belgravia has been targeted by vandals who stole the copper piping overnight. A caretaker said the night-shift security guard saw four men with pickaxes jump over the vibracrete wall at 3am on Wednesday morning. When the day-shift security guard took over at 6am, he found the[…]
Less than a week after a series of photographs were erected in Cape Town, they have been vandalised. The series – Un/Settled by Sydelle Willow Smith – was erected at the Company’s Garden, the historic park in central Cape Town, on Thursday. The photos were vandalised on Monday, just four days later.[…]
The desecration of the Mowbray maqbara (cemetery) in Cape Town that was discovered early on Wednesday morning has highlighted concerns around vandalism and the safety of cemeteries in the city. According to local government, vandalism and theft are the biggest challenges cemeteries face throughout the city. Mayoral Committee Member for[…]
Another train has been set alight at the Cape Town station. The City’s Fire and Rescue Services has confirmed that they are still at the scene where one train with three carriages is on fire. About 160 carriages have been destroyed by arsonists since 2015 with damages estimated at millions.[…]
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