CITY OF CAPE TOWN COUNTS COST OF THEFT, PROPERTY DAMAGE

Picture: Refilwe Pitjeng/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – City of Cape Town officials say theft and malicious damage to property have resulted in almost R1 million in insurance claims in less than a year.

The city’s libraries and clinics have been hardest hit.

The city’s JP Smith says cable theft and theft of computers at libraries have a negative impact on the most vulnerable communities.

Smith adds many people rely on the computers to find jobs and have access to the internet for study purposes.

“Vandalism of a community facility is problematic for a number of reasons: not only does it disrupt vital services to some of the most vulnerable individuals in the community, but it also impacts staff and community morale.”

-Eye witness News

 

PHOTO: Refilwe Pitjeng/EWN.

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