Saturday, July 17, 2021

Eskom believes that syndicates are behind the theft and vandalism in the Western Cape

Power utility, Eskom believes that syndicates are behind the theft and vandalism in the Western Cape.

The vandalism of Eskom kiosks in Eerste River has left customers without electricity supply for the second time in less than a month

The latest vandalism affected residents in Dennemere, Kleinvlei and Rosedale, leaving them without electricity for days.

"Eskom believes that syndicates are behind the theft and vandalism of Eskom equipment and has been working with the South African Police Services (SAPS) to bring those accountable to task," the statement said.

"To repair or replace equipment with extensive damage affects business operations such as the restoration of electricity to customers who have been without electricity for a prolonged period."

In a statement, Eskom said that there has also been a surge in theft and vandalism of equipment over the past few weeks.

"Recent criminal activities of illegally connecting, cable theft and vandalism in Eskom supply areas in and around Cape Town have resulted in prolonged power outages in affected communities that have left customers frustrated."

"Eskom cannot fight this battle alone and depends on the assistance from communities now more than ever in the fight against infrastructure theft, vandalism and illegal connections that are now affecting customers almost daily," the statement added.

Eskom appealed to residents to report electricity theft such as illegal connections, electricity theft, tampering, cable theft and vandalism of infrastructure by contacting the Eskom toll-free crime hotline on 0800 11 27 22. Callers may remain anonymous.


Done By: Mitchum George

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