The Buffalo City Metro urges residents to get involved in the fight against vandalism and theft of Traffic Signal Equipment.
There has been a spate of higher volumes of traffic lights vandalism recently costing the City hundreds of thousands and inconveniencing traffic flow.
In the past six months about 30 to 40 robot lights have been vandalised. 25 robot controllers have also been vandalised with a cost of R1 million.
The total costs amount to R1.5 million for all vandalisms. We suspect that this is part of a syndicate.
The most identified problematic areas are in the East London streets of Beaconsfield Road, Amalinda Main Road, Ziphunzana Bypass and Mdantsane Access Road (MAR), especially at the Egoli intersections. These incidents happen on a daily basis.
The Municipality is deeming it unfeasible to install traffic lights as these are constantly under attack. This has been the case at the Woolwash road and MAR signals were eventually replaced with stop signs, and sadly, those have also been stolen.
This morning, Beaconsfield & St John traffic equipment’s were vandalised including the controller.
We are pleading with residents to report such crimes, they can contact our Law Enforcement Services on 043 722 1836 or the SAPS on 10 111.
Issued by BCM Communications