Sabotage suspected in power outages

2017-06-07 06:00

The constant occurrence of power outages in Botshabelo has left residents in a state of despair. Angry residents lament that constant power outages leave them in the dark and having to wash with cold water in the morning.

The problem of power interruptions across Botshabelo have reportedly been ongoing for several days.

Businesses and essential services in Botshabelo have been affected, while residents organising funerals have expressed their disgust.

On Monday (05/06), the area experienced yet another power failure, causing outrage among the residents.

Lele Mamatu, Centlec spokesperson, said power interruptions in Botshabelo had been planned for the period from Wednesday (31/05) to Monday (05/06).

He said power outages had not been planned for the greater Mangaung Metro and other towns. According to Mamatu, the power failure on Monday was due to the tripping of the main power supply in Botshabelo.

“We have noted that there are some criminal elements consistently making sure that they disrupt the normal provision of electricity to our communities, taking advantage of the labour dispute between the Mangaung Metro Municipality and the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu),” said ­Mamatu.

He said reliable informants had identified the occupants of two sedan vehicles, a blue Golf and a white Corolla, spotted moving around areas of Botshabelo.

The occupants of the vehicles are suspected of deliberately tampering with electricity to cut power to communities.

Mamatu expressed a strong warning that legal action would be taken against whoever is found to be involved in deliberately tampering with and interrupting electricity supply.

He said law breakers faced a prison term of a maximum of seven years, according to the new Criminal Matters Amendment Act 18 of 2015.

Mamatu said labour leaders had given their assurance that disciplinary action would be taken against members involved in any acts of sabotage of the supply of power.

Members of the community are advised to report incidents relating to power failure to Centlec’s 24-hour call centre by dialing ­0860-076-937.

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