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Ongoing cable theft a nuisance

Cable theft in Nancefield is spiraling out of control while businesses suffer.

Cable theft in Nancefield has been on-going for two years, according to businesses that have been affected by it.

Power boxes remain open and exposed while live wires run from street lights and power boxes into an open field and the informal settlement.

Sean Tuna says he has given up reporting the illegal connections.

“Nothing is being done when I report the connections,” he said.

Businesses are affected as they lose power supply while Slovo Park is lit up.

“The people who steal power aren’t even scared to do it anymore.

“They do it during the day and don’t run away when they see people approaching them,” Tuna said.

City Power urges residents to report illegal connections to 0800 003 251 or 0800 002 587. Once illegal connections are reported, City Power co-ordinates with law enforcement for the removal of connections.

“City Power is in the process of establishing a by-law court with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) where illegally connected customers will be prosecuted.

“Currently we only issue Section 56 fine of R1500 to illegal connection offenders,” said Sydney Mphahlele from City Power.

Meanwhile City Power removed two truckloads of illegal connection cables that were connected to overhead line on the N112. Another person was arrested for the possession of copper cable and lead in Kliptown.

“The apprehended suspect is the third following the arrest of two others,” Mphahlele said.

A power box remains open for illegal connections.
A power box remains open for illegal connections.
Live wires exposed that run into an informal settlement.
Live wires exposed that run into an informal settlement.

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