Johannesburg Road Agency: vandalism and cable theft costs us R880 000 a month

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has established a unit dedicated to clamping down on vandalism and cable theft of traffic lights equipment. This costs the agency R880 000 a month.

702's John Robbie spoke to Managing Director of JRA, Dr Sean Phillips, regarding the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

There are a number of causes for faulty traffic lights. One of them is vandalism and theft of equipment related to traffic lights.

Dr Sean Phillips, Johannesburg Roads Agency MD

We're the first to admit that there's room for us to improve and we're going to focus on the efficiency of our internal maintenance units to repair the traffic lights when they go down.

Dr Sean Phillips, Johannesburg Roads Agency MD

So we've established this dedicated infrastructure unit to address the problem.

Dr Sean Phillips, Johannesburg Roads Angency MD

At national level, legislation is being passed to make theft of this kind of equipment a serious criminal offence for which you can be sent to prison for up to 30 years.

Dr Sean Phillips, Johannesburg Roads Agency MD

There have been unscrupulous scrap metal merchants and we have been clamping down on them with the Hawks and sections of the police.

Dr Sean Phillips, Johannesburg Roads Agency MD

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