Published On: Thu, Oct 1st, 2015

City Power hails measures against cable thieves

city powerJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – CITY Power has expressed satisfaction at measures the company is implementing to curb cable theft.

The sentiment follows the arrest of some alleged members of a crime syndicate in Johannesburg on Thursday.

“We are pleased with the progress we are making in the war against cable theft and we wish to thank members of the community for working with us and providing much-needed intelligence to curb the scourge of cable theft,” said Sicelo Xulu, City Power Managing Director, said.

“We appeal to the public to continue to be our eyes and ears so that we can rid our society of this cancer of cable theft which is costing the country dearly and hampering our ability to provide efficient service delivery to our communities,” added Xulu.

Cable theft is conservatively estimated to cost the South African economy about R5 billion a year directly and indirectly.

Xulu said besides the cost of replacing the infrastructure and damaged equipment, cable theft contributes to increased electricity tariffs and prices for ordinary South Africans.

Meanwhile, on Thursday morning, City Power officials arrested members of a crime syndicate at a scrapyard in Booysens.

The suspects were busted while trying to sell the electricity cables that were allegedly stolen at a bridge in Klipspruit West in Soweto.

The scrapyard has been closed for allegedly trading in stolen copper.

The suspects and the scrapyard owner will appear before the court this week on charges of theft and possession of stolen property.

 – CAJ News

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