Cape Town – A concerned councillor and residents confronted and escorted an alleged thief to return a stolen traffic light in a video circulating on social media.
Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) shared the video of the incident on its Twitter page and condemned the theft and vandalism of infrastructure.
In the video, the man is seen carrying the traffic light over his head, allegedly on his way to a scrapyard.
“It [the theft and vandalism of road infrastructure] is very severe. Certainly, we see a huge spike in infrastructure damage and theft,” she said.
@MyJRA ‘s traffic signals snd other road infrastructure is systematically being cut down and sold off! Everything from copper cables to bridge railings and now traffic signal poles. Stop vandalism and theft of infratructure! pic.twitter.com/Z3TY3xiffv
— Bertha Peters-Scheepers JRA (@Bertha23206554) January 18, 2023
The video was originally shared by councillor Lwanda Bini, on Wednesday.
“I found this man stealing robot poll, junction of Westgate and princess. Guys let’s look after Municipality infrastructure,” Bini captioned the video.
In the video, Bini could be heard prompting the alleged thief to put the traffic light back where he took it while filming the incident.
News24 reported that Bini was outraged by the assailant’s behaviour when they confronted him.
“We asked him where he was going to take it [the traffic light pole], and he told us he was going to sell it at the Princess informal settlement scrapyard.
“I told him to put it back where he took it [from] because it was municipal property, and no one had the right to sell these things,” the publication quoted Bini as saying.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe