City Power declares on war informal settlement residents after electricity theft

City Power has asked police to curb vandalism of electricity infrastructure in Johannesburg.

EElectricity pylons. File photo.
Image: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

City Power said it had opened a criminal case after a recent incident in which electricity poles were struck down in Unaville informal settlement‚ Lenasia South. Residents in the area have blamed squatters for electricity disruptions as a result of theft.

“It is not clear why this was done but it is suspected that it was done in anger as a retaliation after City Power cut off illegal connections that have been disrupting electricity supply to paying customers‚ including the Grasmere Toll Gate nearby‚” City Power said in a statement.

“City Power has opened a case of damage to essential infrastructure in terms of the Criminal Amendment Act (CMAA)‚ with the police‚ and we have also increased our plain-clothed security visibility in the area. If found guilty‚ the CMAA imposes a maximum sentence of 30 years.”

City Power believes that thieves have been stealing transformer poles in the area‚ which may be why the latter crime was committed. It has replaced seven pole-mounted transformers in Lenasia South‚ at a cost of about R1.5 million.

“We are also working with law enforcement agencies to ensure those responsible for this‚ which is really a crime against the state‚ are apprehended. We should not allow lawlessness and any efforts to interrupt supply of electricity to the majority of our people should be thwarted and rejected‚” said City Power CEO Lerato Setshedi.

BY TIMESLIVE – TimesLIVE

Source:TMG Digital

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