Geraldine Mettler - Municipal Manager
6 August 2018
We condemn the looting and destruction of property that took place in Kayamandi and parts of Stellenbosch today.
While it is encouraging to see communities exercising their constitutional rights to demonstrate peacefully, the level of violence and destruction of property that accompanied these activities today is of great concern to us.
It is becoming increasingly clear that a small group of troublemakers and ringleaders are behind this protest. These individuals are simply taking advantage of the situation by looting and stealing. Shop windows were broken, cars were vandalised and stores in especially the Bird Street area were looted. We cannot allow a small group of criminals to hold our businesses and residents hostage.
Let it be very clear - looting and the destruction of property is never an answer and will not be tolerated in Stellenbosch.
Our Law Enforcement is currently working with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to identify those involved. We will assist the police with any means possible to ensure that these criminals are brought to book.
We ask that anyone with video footage that can assist the police in positively identifying the culprits, to share this information with us.
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Councillor Wilhelmina (Mienie) Petersen has been elected as the new Speaker of the Stellenbosch Municipality Council. She will serve as the first female Speaker since the establishment of the Council in 2000.
Nelson Mandela famously said: “It is in your hands to make of the world a better place.”
The Stellenbosch Municipality did just that by undertaking numerous initiatives on Mandela Day, assisting residents in need and continuing to build on Madiba’s legacy of a united South Africa.
Die Munisipaliteit is bewus van die ongelukkigheid van inwoners oor die installering van optiese veselkabels in woongebiede. ŉ Paar inwoners het die Munisipaliteit gekontak en hul ontevredenheid en misnoeë met die opgrawings uitgespreek. As Burgemeester en inwoner van Stellenbosch, het ek volle begrip vir die klagtes en verstaan dat die installeringsproses groot ongerieflikheid veroorsaak. Graag wil ek van die geleentheid gebruik maak om duidelikheid te skep rondom die installasieproses en die Munisipaliteit se rol hierin.