As Members of this House, we have a duty to ensure that we promote good governance and encourage our communities to take ownership of government assets as well as private properties.
Vandalism of properties particularly government institutions such as schools, libraries, clinics, community centres, trains, torching of government vehicles and public representatives’ homes as well as the trashing of public institutions must not be tolerated.
The looting of shops and the stoning of vehicles must also be condemned.
Vandalism of properties has now become a norm particularly during service delivery protests which is unacceptable.
Failure of service delivery has resulted in wide-spread protests by residents across the province.
Protests result in violence, injury, damage to state and private property and allows criminals to take advantage of the chaos to commit crime.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) believes that everyone has the right to express their dissatisfaction through legal protests, however it does not give them the right to vandalise property and loot shops. Such actions are criminal and should be condemned in the strongest terms.
Communities are destroying facilities that are meant to benefit them and future generations. The government does not have enough funds to repair the institutions that have been vandalised as it is struggling to ensure that every community has access to all necessary facilities. This motion calls on the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura to provide strategic leadership and direction on how to safeguard our provincial assets.
We urge communities to work with the provincial government in ensuring that our public and private facilities are safe and secure.
There should be an awareness campaign to conscientise the community about the importance of safeguarding and protecting public facilities.
Its high time that the provincial and local government informs communities about the costs for the damages incurred as a result of their behaviour. They must also be informed as to where the money will be taken from and how this will impact on delivering other much needed services. This will help residents to understand and be informed about the consequences of their behaviour.
The much-needed transformation and changes will not be felt if the developments are targeted for wrong reasons. ??
The commitment to modernize and develop our province must be enjoyed by all, and the impact must be felt by those who we are intended to serve.
The DA is very concerned about the security of school assets and infrastructure particularly during the festive season. The majority of robberies occur during December, as teachers and learners will be on holiday and schools will be empty.
We have had numerous incidents of burglaries and vandalism of our schools where valuable assets such as smart boards, computers, televisions, printers, tablets and laptops have been stolen.
The vandalism and burglaries are costing the department millions to replacing these much needed assets.
Schools patrollers alone are unable to prevent crime from occurring in our schools as they are not adequately trained to deal with these types of incidences and have limited resources.
The department should explore other security measures such as ensuring that our schools are equipped with alarm systems and CCTV cameras.
The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has many incomplete housing projects that are vulnerable to vandalism. This is as a result of poor planning, poor project management and misappropriation of funds by the department.
Most of the unfinished housing projects have been vandalised, the walls have been partially demolished, and the bricks have been stolen as well as the window frames and door frames.
The local residents who are desperate to own houses have on several occasions unsuccessfully attempted to invade these houses. Some of these incomplete houses have been marked with names and contact details written on the walls.
Gauteng Provincial Government should liaise with different departments and local government to implement stringent security measures to minimise vandalism of properties.
The provincial government must partner with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that our provincial assets and facilities are safe and protected.
Those found guilty of vandalism of property must be arrested and face the might of the law. We urge the communities to report anyone caught vandalising both public and private property and that they should refrain from taking the law in their own hands.
I urge all of us to discourage anyone who thinks or believes that anger or frustration can be remedied by violence aimed at public or private assets. This is a waste of minimal resources meant to improve the lives of the people that we represent in this House. We must show unity in condemning any wrongdoing which impacts negatively on any infrastructure development. Let’s call for adequate punishment for all wrong doers so as to protect law abiding citizens.