Cable thieves behind power cut in PMB

2011-05-27 00:00

THE theft of 200 metres of electricity cables on Wednesday night in the Westgate area resulted in a power outage in the Grange, Pelham and Scottsville that lasted nearly 24 hours.

Msunduzi Municipality electricity manager Maxwell Mthembu told The Witness yesterday that at about 9 pm on Wednesday, thieves dug and pulled 200 metres of cable from the ground using a bakkie. He said cable theft increases in winter, and this incident cost the municipality hundreds of thousands of rands.

“We have 24/7 security guards from the municipality patrolling such areas to prevent thieves stealing cables. However, when the guards were patrolling another part of the area, thieves quickly dug up the cables and yanked them from the ground,” said Mthembu.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said a metre of the stolen cable costs R1 000. “We appeal to members of the public who have information about the theft, or any other cable thefts, to contact the municipality,” he said.

Zuma said electricity would be restored early evening yesterday.

Electricity was also out in parts of Cascades and Wembley, although this was due to the tripping of a switch at the Berg Street sub-station.

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