Centlec, the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s power distributor, is lamenting huge monies lost to rampant crime. This pertains to the escalating theft of cables and copper, as well as vandalism of infrastructure. According to Lele Mamatu, Centlec spokesperson, the entity loses money by repairing infrastructure which is vandalised and by replacing stolen cables. Stolen copper cables were recently found by the police during a raid at two scrap metal dealerships in Bloemfontein.“The cost of all vandalised and stolen infrastructure is estimated at R3 million. These funds could have been spent elsewhere to strengthen our network,” said Mamatu.Brig. Motantsi Makhele, provincial police spokesperson, said about 600 kg of copper cables with an estimated value of R50 000 had been positively identified as belonging to Centlec. He said another 350 kg of suspected stolen copper cables with an estimated worth of R35 000 had been seized during a joint operation at the scrap metal dealership in the Park Road area. Makhele said that no arrests had been made yet.