Public swimming pools targeted by criminals

The Manenberg swimming pool remains closed after power cables were stolen, leaving the facility without electricity and affecting the water quality.

A similar incident took place on Human Rights Day at the Parow North swimming pool.

Thieves also stole a chlorinator, two booster pump motors, a dosing system, chlorine masks, PVC pipe, copper pipes and other fittings.

The incident came as the swimming pool was in the process of being filled, with a view to opening it to the public.

In another incident, the Retreat swimming pool has been closed after thieves gained entry to the filtration plant room and removed the steel pipes, gauges and valves from the filter on Thursday March 28.

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, said: “This impacts directly on the operations of the facility as the damaged infrastructure is key to maintaining the water quality of the swimming pool. Retreat swimming pool is one of the few indoor facilities in the city, which means access all year round.”

Mr Badroodien also called on residents to help secure the amenities by reporting any suspicions or incidents that they witness or hear about.

Anyone with information about these specific incidents should inform the police or the City of Cape Town’s public emergency communication centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.