Crime spree blacks out PMB

2013-12-21 00:00

THREE Pietermaritzburg engineers have been seriously injured, and a third of the city plunged into a power outage yesterday, because of an organised crime blitz on mini-substations this week.

Msunduzi electricity head Sabatha Nomnganga told Weekend Witness the explosion was triggered by criminal copper-theft raids on three smaller substations on Wednesday night, which caused localised outages on Thursday, and then triggered the explosion in a “knock-on effect” and a broader outage on Friday. He said one thief was believed to have been killed at the vandalised substation in West Street, and that his body had been dragged away by accomplices. The “syndicate” had jammed the substation’s doors closed from the inside, extending black-out losses for local businesses.

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