Cable thieves strike again

2014-07-04 00:00

CABLE thieves struck again this week, cutting meters of electricity cable on the R103 near the Ashburton Area.

An exposed cable that seemed to have been cut at both ends was left lying on the ground next to the R103, a short walk from the Ashburton shopping area, with parts of the ­cable on top of trees.

It was not immediately clear how much cable the thieves had already made off with; what seemed to be the mid-section only remained.

A disappointed resident, who asked not to be named, said he had called the Eskom offices to inform them of the theft but to no avail.

“I called them to tell them that someone was trying to steal their property and yet they took no notice. The people I spoke to did not even know where Ashburton was. These are the people who are charging us more [for electricity] and they do not care about their property.”

Eskom told The Witness it was not their cable.

Thobeka Mafumbatha of the municipality said the only damaged line they were aware of was the 11 kv line in Sable Road in Ashburton which was hooked and pulled down by an unknown truck late on Monday night and repaired and re-connected on Wednesday.

• Meanwhile in Hillcrest yesterday, a man walking along Inanda Road sustained severe burns after he came into contact with a high voltage cable. Spokesperson for Netcare Limited Chris Botha said the pedestrian came into contact with the exposed cable at a road construction site, but exact details were as yet unknown. Paramedics stabilised the man at the scene before he was transported to a Durban hospital.

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