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R25 000 reward offered as Metro task team closes in on saboteurs

Nov 20, 2017
R25 000 reward offered as Metro task team closes in on saboteurs

A R25 000 reward is on offer to anyone, who provides the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality with evidence that leads to the successful prosecution of those responsible for sabotage that it claims is the reason behind the service delivery disruptions in the City's townships over the past few weeks.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said that some of its workers were unhappy about its new overtime policy and were deliberately disrupting services to incite anger among residents.
"A closed 900mm valve was found by an Infrastructure & Engineering and Mayoral Office task team on Saturday afternoon," described Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, on Sunday.  
"This had prevented water supply to Kwazakhele, New Brighton, Zwide and Soweto on Sea since Friday morning. 
"The valve has been reopened. A number of witnesses will be asked to make statements, and photographic evidence has been secured."
He said that a task team, led by Safety & Security, will begin tracking down suspects from Monday, with the discovery of new evidence and testimony.
"It is our duty to keep the lights on and taps running and I expect each and every municipal employee and public representative to do everything in their power to make this a loved reality. Anything less than this is simply unacceptable," Trollip added.
"I would like to apologise to those residents who have been impacted by service delivery interruptions as a result of sabotage. 
"Those responsible will be caught and face criminal and internal prosecution.
"I appeal to all municipal staff to serve the residents of this Municipality with honour and integrity. Every paid hour of work should be carried out efficiently and productively, in the service of all our people.
"Service delivery must be our priority. Without exception."