Campaign launched to prevent destruction of public property in Gauteng
Neo Goba | 2017-01-31 14:27:08.0
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The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) and the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) have signed a partnership agreement to raise awareness about the consequences of the destruction of public property.
The move is aimed at preventing the destruction of public property as well as at helping communities to realise the importance of preserving property throughout the province during violent protests.
“The overriding objective is to mobilise citizens to take ownership of public property to embrace public assets such as schools‚ clinics and monuments as ‘people’s property’ that should be protected from destruction‚ vandalism and littering‚” said Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo.
In July last year‚ the GDID launched the I Care We Care campaign in Bekkersdal‚ south of Randfontein. To date the campaign has been able to attain 4.5 million mentions in social media‚ exceeding its one million target in December 2016.
In his Budget speech earlier this year‚ Mamabolo raised concern about the worrying phenomena of the destruction of public property and facilities‚ characterised by sheer violence and destruction‚ burning‚ torching‚ vandalising‚ looting and littering and a general environment of not caring for “people’s property”.
“We are extremely happy that the MRM will now help lead and be a face of the campaign. The next phase is about direct interaction with the people‚ going into communities and taking the pledge to protect property into the heart of communities‚” added Mamabolo.
The campaign has cost the department about R3 million since its launch.
MRM board chairman Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa said they would also be extending this campaign to universities where the country has witnessed vandalism and destruction of property.