Electricity cable theft sparks safety concerns

2019-09-25 06:00
The inside of the electricity box of a concerned Northdale property owner. PHOTO: supplied

The inside of the electricity box of a concerned Northdale property owner. PHOTO: supplied

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NORTHDALE resident Zaheer Alli expressed concern after people allegedly posing as municipal workers entered his property in Shale Place and removed a cable from his electricity box three weeks ago.

Alli, who is based in Saudi Arabia, said he was made aware of the incident by his niece, Nazeera, who looks after his property.

When the matter was reported, the municipality allegedly said the men who went to the house were imposters.

According to Alli, after the incident was reported, the municipality replaced the cable.

“When they replaced the cable they removed the neighbour’s cable, saying it was overloading the meter. Two days after that, the neighbour was back to attach his cord back to our meter, claiming that someone from the municipality had sent them,” said Alli.

Futhermore, Alli said what frustrated him the most is that when Nazeera went to the municipality to report the incident she was told that she cannot enquire about it even though she has power of attorney over all his legal belongings in the country.

The electricity box is a concern for Alli because of its condition and he feels it is a safety hazard: “The box is wide open with cords hanging everywhere. My niece stays with her three sons and anything can happen. I also feel like someone is trying to take advantage of my niece because they know she lives alone,” said Alli, who said that he was also concerned that no one would pay for damages to his property should it catch on fire.

Alli said he has also made Councillor Rachel Soobiah aware of the problem, but she hasn’t managed to resolve it. Concluding, he said he hopes that, by raising his concerns, he will get the attention of the municipality.

Numerous attempts were made to contact councillor Soobiah and Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha, however neither responded at the time of going to press.

The box is wide open, cords hanging everywhere.

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