‘Illegal connections’ plunge police station in darkness

2018-04-09 16:15
The detective branch at Pietermaritzburg (Loop Street) police station was plunged into darkness on Tuesday due to illegal electricity connections.

The detective branch at Pietermaritzburg (Loop Street) police station was plunged into darkness on Tuesday due to illegal electricity connections. (File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Illegal electricity connections have plunged the detective branch at Pietermaritzburg (Loop Street) police station into darkness since Tuesday.

And this is seriously hampering service delivery, members of that unit told The Witness.

Insiders said that Msunduzi workers last week said that the cause of the outage was a trip due to illegal connections by nearby businesses.

But Msunduzi had still not attended to the problem.

The issue has coincided with residents complaining of persistent illegal connections in several areas, namely Privet and Sirkhod roads in Raisethorpe and the Jika Joe informal settlement in Willowton.

The Witness has run reports on the Privet Road issue before, with residents even meeting with police in an effort to get them to clamp down on a large informal settlement that was said to be stealing electricity.

City spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha did not respond to a query on these issues.

A member of the Loop Street station detective unit said: “Without electricity we can’t do any work whatsoever. Since Tuesday, we have been handed nearly 200 dockets, but we can’t scan them so if they go missing there is no back-up.

“People are coming to us for updates of cases and we are not able to help them. This might even create a backlog in service delivery.”

The member said a similar incident happened about two months ago, where the branch had no electricity for a week.

LEAK FIXED

Meanwhile there was some joy for a Northdale resident this week when the municipality after two years finally fixed a leak outside her property.

But the resident, on Butterfly Road, has complained that the site has been left unsealed.

“It’s now difficult to come out of the driveway, especially when it rains.”

The resident feared the ongoing rains would clear out the debris used to fill the site, and it would become a pothole if not addressed soon.


Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  witness warrior

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.