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​​City recovers stolen fence from the Soweto Country Club

Yesterday, a fence worth about R80 000, which had been stolen from the Soweto Country Club, was recovered from a block of flats in Eldorado Park, South of Johannesburg.

This follows a sting operation that was led by the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS) Department, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).

This week I received disturbing news that the fence constructed along the boundaries of the Soweto Country Club was stolen by the thieves from the area.

The fence forms part of a number of upgrades to Soweto Country Club which are intended to bring economic upliftment to the community. I was informed that the thieves have been cutting the fence bit by bit since December last year.

The theft also happens at the time when the Soweto Country Club is about to be re-designed by Gary Player. The designer of the original golf course‚ will re-design the course at no cost as part of the refurbishments to the facility.

The project has already seen the building of a new club house‚ a new practice facility‚ a conference centre‚ and a fence constructed along two boundaries of the golf course itself. The existing storage facility at the Soweto Country Club will be turned into a fully operational pro-shop and a South African Golf Development Board Academy‚ named after Rivonia Trialist‚ apartheid activist and avid golfer‚ Andrew Mlangeni.

It saddens me to learn that the matter was reported to the police in the area but no action was immediately taken. I then roped in a team from GFIS to investigate the matter and ensure that the perpetrators were put behind bars.

A member of the public came forward with information on where part of the stolen fence was being kept and by whom. The sting operation led to a block of flats in Eldorado Park where the stolen fence was recovered. The owner of the property was not home when the team arrived.

It is alleged that large part of the stolen fence is kept at a house somewhere in the south. Police are closely monitoring the house and arrests are expected to be made soon.

These thieves will not deter us in our quest to refurbish the facility.

I would like to thank the residents of Eldorado Park who refused to be part of this criminal activity and pointed out the thieves.

Historically these criminals have operated with impunity, and those days are fact coming to an end.

I would also like to encourage people to report any theft, fraud and corruption activities through our 24-hour tip-off hotline 0800 002 587 or visit the GFIS offices situated at 48 Ameshoff Street in Braamfontein.

Cllr Herman Mashaba
Executive Mayor 
City of Joburg

For further information contact:

Lucky Sindane
Director: Strategic Stakeholder Management
Group Forensic and Investigation Services
Cell: 065 865 0696

Luyanda Mfeka
Director: Mayoral Communications
Office of the Executive Mayor
Cell: 076 171 5978