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The DA administration has been accused of abandoning Waltloo and leaving infrastructure vulnerable to criminals.

For more than a month now, thieves could simply walk in and carry away transformers, causing huge financial losses to local business.

This according to Waltloo Industrialists’ Association spokesperson Marcus Venter, who said the association had warned the Tshwane metro that the depot perimeter fence had collapsed but it had failed to act.

The association subsequently had embarked on protest action on Friday, 25 April.

“The transformers are butchered into pieces just outside the depot, to be carted away and sold to scrap metal dealers a few hundred metres down the road and this theft affects businesses in the area,” he said, adding theft at the depot continued unabated.

He said the association’s protest was aimed at highlighting that the metro did not care for business and the jobs it created.

During the protest, association members put up posters in ward 47 during the by-election voting, questioning claims that the DA was making progress.

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He said that instead of addressing the issues, the metro had “commandeered and redirected staff from their normal activities to remove the posters”.

Mayor Solly Msimanga said in a statement that the metro had noted the allegations and would address them.

Msimanga said cable theft and vandalism to public infrastructure affected the quality of life of the residents and hampered local economic development.

He said cable theft was an attempt to destabilise the administration and that the metro had opted to physically guard high-risk installations to curb cable theft.

He said the new strategy was bearing fruit.

“While not yet perfect, we are working around the clock to ensure every day that less and less of our services are being interrupted by criminals.”

Msimanga said the metro intended to keep its promise to invest heavily in economic development nodes such as the Waltloo industrial area and he was still committed to attracting R10.8-billion in investment to the metro.

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