22 July 2021
Since looting pervaded parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, Drakenstein Municipality has activated its Disaster Management Contingency Plan and took steps to identify possible looter targets such as shopping malls and business premises to ensure that their contingency plans are in place.
Joining forces with the South African Police Service (SAPS), provincial authorities, the City of Cape Town and other neighbouring municipalities, Drakenstein Municipality remains on full alert in case of possible looting, destruction of property and/or acts of violence in Drakenstein.
The Drakenstein Smart Safety Network (DSSN) planned and executed an integrated operation on Sunday, 18 July 2021, with the Municipality’s safety partners. Drakenstein Municipality’s Bylaw Enforcement and Security, Traffic and Fire Services divisions teamed up with the SAPS, Drakenstein Farm Watch (DFW), security companies, and neighbourhood watches. The Municipality sharpened its communication networks to effectively communicate with businesses when required.
Alderman Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, adds: “Earlier this week, Drakenstein Municipality and the Provincial Government met with the Premier of the Western Cape and discussed solutions regarding looting and taxi violence. We simply cannot allow any lawless, disruptive and unsafe acts to take place within our municipal area.”
Dr Johan Leibbrandt, City Manager of Drakenstein Municipality, says: “I am impressed with the combined proactive steps taken so far to secure our business sector and residents, and the response of our security partners. We have a credible, efficient security network in place that proves its mettle in situations like these.”
Drakenstein Municipality will continue with integrated security operations. The focus will be on Central Business Districts (CBDs), shopping centres, spaza shops and our main access roads. The Municipality has Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in place with neighbouring municipalities to provide assistance when needed.
Currently, no looting incidents were reported and the Municipality calls on all residents to remain calm and business owners to stay vigilant.
Drakenstein residents are requested to report any criminal activity immediately to the SAPS at 08600 10111 or the Municipality at 080 131 3553 toll free.
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality