Stop thieves

The problem of open manholes, which pose a danger to both children and adults, has persisted without resolution for many years.

The problem of open manholes, which pose a danger to both children and adults, has persisted without resolution for many years.

This in spite of the reported death of several children in the townships as a consequence of this menace.

In most cases scrap metal thieves and sub-contractors have been blamed.

Equally blameworthy, though, are municipalities for their laxity in addressing the problem - as was the case in the tragic death at the weekend of three-year-old Delano Goeiman of the Ramaphosa informal settlement in Ekurhuleni.

A practical option is to make theft of metal unprofitable by forcing scrap metal dealers to stop buying stolen manhole covers.

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