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Vumacam can’t just do what it likes

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It started off with illegal street closures … without consequences.


07 Aug 2020
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Vumacam can’t just do what it likes

CCTV cameras are pictured in Melville, 17 January 2020. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

A disturbing aspect of Johannesburg development over the past decade is that public spaces are being hijacked for private and business purposes – and bylaws seem to have little effect. It started off with illegal street closures … without consequences. Then, it spread to the proliferation of advertising signage violating not only municipal regulations, but also national legislation. Now, we have the sight of camera poles for CCTV monitoring systems being erected in the wealthier parts of the city, supposedly as a crime deterrent. Many of these structures have been erected without due process being followed. Now, businessman Ricky Croock,...

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