They steal copper wires, smash toilets and even stole the irrigation system.
Ebrahiem Jattim of the PSV Eindhoven Soccer Club says over the last four months everything of value has been stolen from the Voorbrug Sportsfield including vibracrete slabs.
“There are 13 clubs with more than 2500 members who can’t even use a toilet when they practise or play matches because there is no water,” he says.
“The druggies stole all the water pipes, smashed the toilets and destroyed the whole irrigation system. The whole place is dry and next year when season starts we won’t even be able to host a single match like this.”
He says skelms dug up all the electricity cables, rendering the floodlights useless.
“We cannot even host night games. This is so senseless as people destroy the little we have in Delft and they are stealing from their own community.”
Mayco member for community services, Zahid Badroodien, says just last week two men and a woman were caught in the act, stealing cables by Law Enforcement officers.
To date skelms have caused R500 000 damage to the facility.
“That’s damage of R500 000 that will have to be funded from our repairs and maintenance budget,” he says.
“The City hopes to complete the repairs before the soccer season commences in April next year, but the reality is that it is not sustainable to continuously fix problems caused by deliberate acts of destruction.”
He called on the community to piemp the skelms.