Workers for a private waste company were allegedly caught red-handed trying to steal two large skip bins that belong to the Tshwane metro.
“The truck driver stopped and told them the skips are the metro’s property.”
The incident has been reported to the city, she said.
“Theft is the main reason why the metro has such a shortage of skips,” said Kruger-Muller.
The two skips in question were placed at Wierda Road by the metro’s environmental health department earlier in March in an effort to tackle illegal dumping near the Hennops River.
The skips are there to discourage informal waste collectors from using a piece of land next to the river bank.
Over the past year, waste collectors have been making their way to this piece of land using a pathway through the dense bushes, just off the road.
Here they would sort which plastic materials to sell as recycled items, and simply dump any unwanted materials right on the spot, adding to the growing pile of garbage daily.
“I never knew that people would be so cruel to try and steal something that is placed there for convenience.”
She said Centurion is already struggling with illegal dumping as it is.
“The Tshwane metro wants to deliver widespread services to the community, but we have to start appreciating, respect and take care of the resources provided to us.”
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