Community arrest gives me hope for Beacon Valley

Solomon Philander, Sub-council 12 chairman and councillor for Ward 116

Cable theft is rife in Beacon Valley, and every year, the costs ratepayers carry for this crime increases.

On Monday August 7, residents in Judo Street and neighbouring streets were without electricity for up to five days because of vandalism.

The City of Cape Town restored power, but the community had to suffer. Workers have to prepare for work and return from work in darkness. Pupils, especially matrics, had to study in the dark. Frozen foods went off when the fridges were off.

The unscheduled load shedding due to cable theft has left the community frustrated and angry.

By Saturday August 26, when a further attempt was made to strip the substation, the community had had enough and apprehended one of the three suspects.

When I arrived on the scene, I called for calm so law enforcement could arrest the suspect.

This is a community arrest, and I want to salute the community who stood together to prevent further damage and inconvenience to the greater community.

What gives me hope for our community is that most of the residents want to see change and live honest lives. I know of many young people from Beacon Valley who made it in life.

I found refreshed hope on Saturday, when the community stood together against their neighbours who vandalised electricity infrastructure. They made a community arrest and called law enforcement.

We encourage all residents to stand together, to report vandalism to municipal infrastructure that provides a basic service to all.

To report vandalism to City property, call 021 480 7700.