West Rand theft causes death and havoc

2012-09-17 14:19

Johannesburg - Two acts of cable theft on Monday left a man dead, a substation aflame, and the Roodepoort area without power, Johannesburg City Power said.

Spokesperson Sol Masolo said the first theft happened at a Roodetown substation and left the nearby area without power from 07:00.

"Due to the fact that the protection cables at the Roodetown substation have been stolen, an attempted cable theft at Roodepoort caused fire which burned one of the transformers, causing the power interruption," Masolo said in a statement.

City power officials found an electrocuted body at the Roodepoort station. More details were not available.

Masolo said officials were working to restore power to the area following the cable theft.

The fire at the substation also knocked out traffic lights, resulting in traffic jams, the Johannesburg metro police said.

Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said power to the traffic lights was expected to be out for the rest of the day.

Minnaar said morning traffic was "very, very heavy" as a result of the power outage.

Metro police officials had been deployed to direct traffic at the main intersections in Roodepoort.

  • sedick.gydien - 2012-09-17 14:28


      typersa.baddy - 2012-09-17 14:30

      Aint gonna get it from me?? I wish this would happen to all cable thieves!!! Bastards!!!!

      procold2 - 2012-09-17 14:38

      was gone in a flash

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-17 14:41

      Not a single person stuck in the traffic and who is going home to a cold shower and sandwiches will feel much for this guy...

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-17 15:02

      None, it's their own volt. Haha.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-17 15:06

      Power to the people... You're doing it wrong

      pokum - 2012-09-17 16:00

      sympathy for what?!!!

      DraganTrenk - 2012-09-18 13:40


  • ronald.jeffs - 2012-09-17 14:31

    Good, the Sh*t head who tried to steal the lines paid the price! Now i wish that would happen more often, and i don't feel pitty for the man who died, he knew full well what he was doing, now he has suffered the consequences of his actions.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-09-17 14:34

    What's black and crispy and is found by stolen electric cables?

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-17 15:13

      Peppercorn pretzels?

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-17 15:29

      Burnt faeces?

      pokum - 2012-09-17 15:58

      A crispy izinyoka #lmao#

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-17 21:02

      Nice roast little piggy

      sue.airth - 2012-09-18 13:28

      Well said John! Love the dry sense of humour. Regards, Sue

  • BulletProof. - 2012-09-17 14:35

    I wish all the thieves and killers of this country could have the same destiny.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-17 21:04

      Now that is why we need the death penalty back. Maybe we should send all the crims off to work for Eskom.

  • steve.bolton.319 - 2012-09-17 14:41

    Thats a Shocking story.......

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-17 15:12

      Watt do you mean?

      Alan - 2012-09-17 15:31

      It has had AMPle coverage!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-17 15:38

      Ohm I gosh

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-17 15:40

      They should be charged.

  • dillan.pietersen - 2012-09-17 14:53

    How far are they with restoring the power in the area? Does anyone know ?

  • dillan.pietersen - 2012-09-17 15:16

  • simon.pearce.790 - 2012-09-17 15:44

    Some lovely puns here..... Now I'm going ohm.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-17 16:21

      Watt did you say?

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-17 21:06

      He was ampere a toasty critter

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-17 21:07

      A little bit of snap, crackle and pop

  • United.Red.Angel - 2012-09-17 17:45

    Justice at its finest!

  • pws69 - 2012-09-17 19:28

    The comments on this tread had me in stitches. Thanks guys and gals. Needed that after a hard day.

  • zeerPuPnaaiR - 2012-09-17 21:24

    Shocking news! Serves him right for being a bright spark.

  • DraganTrenk - 2012-09-18 13:38


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