Westridge library burgled

The City of Cape Town has urged anyone with information regarding a burglary at one of its libraries in Mitchell’s Plain to report it to local authorities. This after Westridge Library was burgled, on the night of 21/22 March 2024.

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Mayco Member for Community Services and Health, Patricia van der Ross, estimates that the items stolen, as well as the damaged incurred, amounts to R200 000.

‘’The glass door was vandalised by the perpetrators to force an entry access - and the emergency exit door was dismantled to obtain an escape. Some of the items stolen include computers, televisions, headsets, laminating machines and kitchen appliances.’’


Van der Ross says while the items are insured, a community is now deprived of their use of the facility while the insurance process runs its course.

‘’It is also not always possible to replace these stolen items. Our community facilities, and especially our libraries, offer a safe space for our residents to learn, socialise and relax. It is extremely distressing to see these facilities being the targets of crime, vandalism and destruction.’’

‘’We need our residents to be our eyes and ears on the ground and to tip off the various law enforcement agencies if they know who the perpetrators are. We must work together to ensure that our recreational and community facilities are looked after for the benefit of us all,’’ she added.


Western Cape police confirmed that they are investigating a case of business robbery.

“Mitchells Plain police are investigating a business breaking case which occurred at a library in Westridge on 22 March. According to reports the library was broken into and items stolen and (damages) caused is approximately R200 000. The suspects are yet to be arrested,’’ said Sergeant Wesley Twigg.

Done by: Mitchum George


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