City of Cape Town fighting vandalism. Image:

City of Cape Town fighting vandalism. Image:

The City of Cape Town is fighting the invisible cost of vandalism

More than R20 million has been allocated to fight vandalism.

City of Cape Town fighting vandalism. Image:

City of Cape Town fighting vandalism. Image:

The Mayenzeke Clinic in Khayelitsha was recently burgled which further highlights the City of Cape Town’s fight against vandalism.

Vandalism suspects trash the clinic and steal computers

The suspects burgled and broke down 10 doors in the clinic, broke glass windows, shelving, cupboards and drawers. They further stole computers, clinic machines and nutritional products, additional security staff has been appointed.

R20 million has been put aside for increased security features, R15 million for the Recreation and Parks Department and R4,3 million for City Health. The City continues to dig deeper into the budget to recover from vandalism inflicted crimes.

“Aside from the financial considerations, vandalism and theft have a human cost that is difficult to quantify and which takes its toll, as the incidents highlighted have shown.

The people behind these attacks on City infrastructure need to realise that they are depriving their communities of vital services. We can’t make progress and build safer and healthier communities if the status quo remains unchanged.”

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Assailants are known to the communities

The City further states that the suspects of the many vandalism incidents are known to the communities. Another recorded incident in Khayelitsha is the attempted break-in at the Matrix Clinic in Parkwood. Nothing was taken, the suspects left a hole in the ceiling of the staff room. However, recurring cable theft at Khayelitsha library has left the City’s building barely standing and afflicting the operating hours.

“In turn, this disrupts service delivery to users who cannot access reading materials or internet facilities. This causes immense frustration for staff, who are unable to do their jobs, but also for the hundreds of learners, job seekers and entrepreneurs who rely on the services.”

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Cases of vandalism compromise service delivery and incidents consistently add up and further bite huge chunks, out of the allocated financial budget that could have been used for other deserving facilities.

Service delivery become heavily affected

When occurrences like this are happening, service delivery standstill until the police finish their investigation. In most cases, after the investigation, the staff will have to clean up the premises before helping any patients.

Despite deferring patients to other local clinics, basic systems such as electronic payments, and client folders and data still feel the impact long after the incident. Insurance claims take longer to be finalised and operating hours change as staff have to make do with the limited resources.