Rishigen Viranna, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison
The Democratic Alliance will request that KZN SAPS Commissioner, Mmamonnye Ngobeni, appear before the province’s Community Safety portfolio committee in order to outline the measures being taken to prevent ongoing cable theft.
This crime has reached crisis level in KwaZulu-Natal. Without drastic action it will kill investment in the province. More importantly, it is impacting on service delivery with water and electricity outages becoming increasingly common due to vandalism. The current water crisis in eThekwini epitomises the extent and consequences of a lack of police action with many schools and hospitals rationing water.
In order to establish the true extent of the problem, the DA will submit parliamentary questions to KZN Community Safety MEC, Willies Mchunu. Amongst the questions we will ask are;
- Has any investigation been launched into the increase in cable theft in KZN?
- What is the total value of cable confiscated by KZN SAPS since the beginning of 2014?
- How many people have been arrested as a result of this theft?
- How many have been charged?
- How many have been imprisoned?
- How many SAPS members in KZN are tasked with monitoring cable theft? (Please indicate the number and the percentage they make up of the force in KZN.)
- Have any KZN SAPS members been implicated in the theft of any form of cable during the past five years?
- If so, how many?
- If so, what measures were taken against them?
Cable theft must be dealt with. This responsibility lies with the KZN SAPS and its Commissioner, who must present a detailed plan to the portfolio committee as a matter of extreme urgency.
This scourge has the potential to bring our province to its knees in terms of both the economy and service delivery.