Thieves Steal Items Worth R62 000 At Library In Cape Town. Criminals robbed equipment and messed up the infrastructure at the City of Cape Town’s Retreat Library on Sunday.
Criminals robbed equipment and messed up the infrastructure at the City of Cape Town’s Retreat Library on Sunday. The thieves got away with items that are worth R62 000. The library has been shut down by the City of Cape Town until the opening time is announced.
Zahid Badroodien, the mayoral committee member for community services and health, stated to what extent items were destroyed or stolen from the library. He says even though there were four layers of security, criminals had the capability to get into the library. He says cupboards were damaged in a try to get access to them. Zahid Badroodien says, “They tried to take the safe, but must have realised that it was too heavy. Random keys found in the library were thrown on the floor, indicating an attempt to locate the safe.”
The criminals also had the ability to remove the network and security cables of the computers. They tried to take away the aluminium from the door frame but they had no luck. “An attempt to remove the aluminium from the door frame of a small meeting room did not succeed, but damage was cause to the door frame. The thieves took four new mini SmartCape computers which had been locked in a monitor, as well as a SmartCape monitor and printer, collectively worth more than R62 000,” says the mayoral committee member for community services and health. Zahid Badroodien says the impact that the looting has on people who are dependent on the resources is far-reaching.
by Alexandra Ramaite