KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has condemned in the strongest terms the wanton destruction of public property that took place in the Lamontville community in Durban where a Sizakala Help Centre and six vehicles belonging to the eThekwini metro were set alight this morning.
Hlomuka has called on the law enforcement agencies to speedily apprehend those who are responsible for this deed which is tantamount to sabotage of public infrastructure.
“The destruction of public property is unacceptable and there can never be any justification for the burning of municipal infrastructure and vehicles which are meant to serve our communities,” said Hlomuka.
“Images and videos circulating on social media showing the Sizakala Centre, which houses SASSA offices and a clinic, in flames is a clear indication that this incident was no accident and that it was caused by those who are seeking to undermine the provision of services to our communities,” said Hlomuka.
Hlomuka has called upon community members to come forward with information so that those responsible can be held accountable as this act of criminality is tantamount to treason. “The country is facing a war in attempting to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and the destruction of a public health facility does immeasurable damage to government efforts,” said Hlomuka.