eThekwini Municipality mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has condemned the torching of the city’s vehicles in the KwaXimba area on Monday.
Kaunda appealed to the police to leave no stone unturned and to arrest people that may have been behind the barbaric act.
The vandalism occurred while eThekwini Water and Sanitation teams (EWS) were working in the area to ensure that the community had access to clean water.
In March, several of the municipality’s workers had to be rescued by the police after members of the community held them hostage.
Kaunda called upon eThekwini Municipality residents to refrain from resorting to violence as a means of expressing dissatisfaction regarding any disruptions to service delivery.
“It is not for the first time that we have incidents of this nature and it is very concerning. How is damaging municipal vehicles going to bring water? Worse, our workers were in the area hard at work trying to solve the problem,” Kaunda said.
“Our communities must refrain from unlawful conduct. Replacing these vehicles is going to cost a lot of money and the same community is likely to suffer. There is no amount of grievance that would justify resorting to violence,” he said.
“As a temporary measure, we have ensured that water tankers are on the ground. All we need is for the community to be patient as we are working unceasingly to return the situation to normal,” Kaunda said. KwaZulu-Natal Municipalities, such as eThekwini and Ugu have been experiencing problems with vandalism of state property by service delivery protestors in recent months. South Coast protestors blocked the N2 freeway earlier this year demanding service delivery and the removal of a local councillor.

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Presh JM Reporter

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