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Mayor calls for electrical infrastructure sabotage to be investigated

Public urged to report any suspicious activity.

City of Ekurhuleni Mayor Tania Campbell has requested investigations into electrical sabotage in the city.

“I have engaged the chief of police, Isaac Mapiyeye, requesting that the EMPD engage with the SAPS to intensify investigations into theft, vandalism and sabotage of city electrical infrastructure,” she said.

“Over the past weekend, multiple areas across the city experienced prolonged power outages due to theft and vandalism.

“This administration has become aware of sabotage in certain areas, repeatedly targeted to deliberately antagonise residents and pitting communities against one another.

“It is in these areas where major vandalism occurs, repeatedly, resulting in extended power outages.”

Campbell stated stage 6 load-shedding has exacerbated these attacks on the network, as it is easy for unsavoury elements to vandalise and destroy infrastructure when there is no live feed.

“I call on our communities to be the eyes and ears of our law enforcement agencies and report suspicious activities to the relevant authorities,” she said.

“This multi-party administration will show no fear nor favour in ensuring that action is taken against those who are found committing these treasonous acts.

“The full might of the law must be enacted against those implicated in wrong-doing.”

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