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Motherwell Library vandalism and fire a huge set back for the future of Motherwell pupils

Published: July 06, 2022


Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Portfolio Head, Cllr Bassie Kamana has described the recent acts of vandalism and  fire that broke out at the Motherwell Library in the early hours on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, as a major setback and called on residents to work with the City to combat these criminal acts.
This comes after extensive damage was once again caused to the library in NU9 when the front area was gutted by a fire that is under investigation at the moment.
MMC Kamana said the recent fire was a huge setback as the SRAC Directorate had just completed the assessment work at the library that would assist in the refurbishment of this facility.
"The assessment report has been completed and it was an assessment that included the vandalism damage and fire that took place earlier this year at the facility. Now this means we have to do another assessment and this is just delaying everything.
"We want to condemn in the strongest way possible the constant vandalism of our facilities that are actually in place to service the same people that destroy them. Today when our staff members arrived at the scene they found our wooden and ceiling material packed just outside the door step. It was ready to go,  this means our residents continue to vandalise and steal from our facilities and we are calling on them to root out this self-destructing culture from their system as it is a recipe for disaster,” MMC Kamana said.
He said the City can not even place security guards at the library as there are no doors, electricity and ablution facilities.
The cause of the fire is not known yet as the NMBM Fire Department is still conducting an investigation.
Acting Fire Chief, Wayne Hendricks said when the fire fighters were called around 6am they rushed to the scene and managed to put the fire out before further damaged was caused to the other areas of the building.
Residents are urged to contact the South African Police Service should they have any information about the fire.

All acts of vandalism involving municipal property can be reported on 0414065500.
Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.

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