It’s an odd thing to steal, but water meter thefts are apparently on the rise in Cape Town. But what happens when your city’s provincial government is the one stealing it?
This appears to be the predicament that Table View resident Schulla Pronk currently finds herself in. According to Pronk, during the 2017 water crisis, she installed her own private water meter. However, following a water leak on their property in April, the water was shut off, and the meter was removed, reports IOL.
“I bought my own water meter from a company that I deal with daily and installed it with the council meter to check if they correspond around water usage. Private meter simply means it was my property and I was not home when they removed it,” states Pronk.
While Pronk has logged numerous complaints and has escalated the matter to the top management, she states that she has had no feedback regarding the “theft.”
The furious resident could not speculate the reason as to why the meter was “stolen,” but she did state that she would be laying a charge of theft.
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town has stated that around 2 198 cases of meter theft have been reported, with most incidents taking place from July 1, 2020, to June 30 of this year.