14 July 2021
Drakenstein is condemning the looting, destruction of property and/or acts of violence that are currently taking place in South Africa.
The Municipality calls on all residents to remain calm. To date, there have been no similar incidents in the Drakenstein municipal area. These acts of criminality will not be tolerated.
Many individuals, businesses and families are still battling with the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further loss of livelihoods and employment will be devastating.
“I fully concur with the statement by the political parties in Drakenstein in condemning looting and/or violence in our municipal area.
We will do everything in our power to keep our residents and businesses safe. We pray that those responsible for this anarchy will come to their senses and that peace will be restored soon,” says Alderman Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality.
In an effort to mitigate any attempts to destroy or loot properties, the Drakenstein Smart Safety Network (DSSN) is on high alert as from Monday, 12 July 2021.
The DSSN comprises of Municipal Law Enforcement, the Fire Brigade, the South African Police Service (SAPS), farm and neighbourhood watches and private security firms.
The Municipality also activated its Disaster Management Contingency Plan to avoid public disorder from occurring in Drakenstein’s Central Business Districts (CBDs), shopping centres, spaza shops and main roads.
Visible patrols are being deployed in the aforementioned areas and measures were put in place to ensure that service delivery infrastructure and assets (water, sanitation, electricity, etc.) are secured for services to continue as usual. Various activities in cooperation with the business sector and medical care centres have also taken place to render support if necessary.
The Municipality has Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in place with neighbouring municipalities to, if required, coordinate efforts in keeping the Drakenstein municipal area safe.
Residents are requested to report any criminal activity immediately to the SAPS at 08600 10111 and to the Municipality at 080 131 3553 toll free. Drakenstein Municipality has been working with the SAPS and other security partners, and support their efforts to mitigate the risks of public unrest and criminality.
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality