Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg on Monday called for a swift investigation following a burglary at the Soweto Empowerment Zone (SEZ) over the weekend.
Member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for economic development, councillor Leah Knott, said the matter was concerning as the City was working on a limited budget to supply resources to communities.
Knott said various electronics were stolen, including five desktop computers and a TV screen. Preliminary information indicates that the thieves gained access into the facility via one of the bathroom windows.
"The Soweto Empowerment Zone is a facility meant to support small businesses in the township, as the city believes in the potential of SMMEs [small, medium and micro-sized enterprises] to achieve the objective of a five percent economic growth. We cannot allow criminals to continue stealing valuable resources that are benefiting communities."
"We trust that law enforcement will get to the bottom of the matter quickly and that the suspects will be brought to book. As the City, we request communities to assist with information that will lead to the arrests of the suspects," Knott said.