A water tank at the Letlhabile Cemetery, that was installed for hygiene purposes during the Covid-19 pandemic, was stolen this week and the Madibeng Municipality has condemned the act that places people’s safety in jeopardy.
“The municipality placed the 5 000 litre water tank at a total cost of R20 000, which includes the stand and installation, at the Letlhabile Cemetery for mourners’ health and convenience. The cemetery is one of the largest and busiest burial sites in the municipality. In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the crime creates a serious and unwarranted inconvenience that poses a risk to the health of the people who need to use the cemetery,” said Neo Maape, acting municipal manager.
Maape assured the community that the municipality will, within its limited financial resources, replace the water tank at the earliest convenience, and he appealed to the community to be on the lookout for the tank, which is green in colour. “Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the tank, or knows who has it, is requested and urged to report to the nearest police station without delay. The residents of Madibeng are reminded that the assets of the municipality are bought with their rates and taxes. The replacement of a stolen asset is an unforeseen and unbudgeted expenditure that impacts other services to the community.”