02 February 2019
EThekwini Municipality Strongly Condemns Disruption of Service
EThekwini Municipality wishes to send a strong message that the culture of impunity will not be tolerated. On Friday, a truck driver was forced out from the water tanker truck, which was later petrol bombed. The truck was delivering water to the affected communities in the area of uMlazi.
Anyone with information that will lead to the arrests will be rewarded with R10 000. Those with information are urged to call this number: 031 367 0067 or 083 387 1919.
Last week, many Municipal depots and Sizakala Centres were disrupted by a group of thugs who intimidated staff. Most of the staff are traumatised and will be receiving counselling from professionals. The City has called on law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order and to ensure that those behind this anarchy are arrested.
This barbaric act reveals the extent to which lawlessness has taken root in some parts of our communities. The people of uMlazi and eThekwini as a whole are at risk of losing their freedom and national security at the hands of unruly elements.
Our message as the Municipality is that a nation without righteousness cannot survive and freedom without a rule of law cannot be enjoyed by all. We have a duty as the people of eThekwini Municipality to stand up and condemn any lawlessness that creates social instability. We must refuse to be outnumbered by unruly elements. Law enforcement agencies will act decisively and no lawlessness will be accepted.
Those who want to protest, picket or complain, must do so within the confines of the law. Business and labour that want to raise issues with the Municipality must do so within the confines of the law and through formal process.
The leadership of the City met on Friday evening and agreed that there will be zero tolerance on those who want to use violence in order to force their way. The stoppage of projects, storming into Council buildings and sabotage of Council business will not be tolerated.
The City Leadership also wished speedy recovery to all those Municipal officials who sustained injuries during these disruptions. We wish to assure members of the public that all Municipal offices will be fully operational and staff will be compensated accordingly.
Issued by the Office of the Mayor. For more information contact Mayoral Spokesperson Mthunzi Gumede on 071 412 7701 or Municipal Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela on 060 966 4220 or Metro Police Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad on 083 387 1919.
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