PMB residents fed up with cable theft

2016-06-29 10:10
Copesville resident Sharona Somduth shows where thieves cut the cable and removed the prepaid meter from her property.

Copesville resident Sharona Somduth shows where thieves cut the cable and removed the prepaid meter from her property. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Cable thieves have besieged Copesville residents, making off with their pre-paid electricity meters and plunging them into darkness.

A family living on Nickel Street said Tuesday's theft was the second incident in recent weeks.

Sharona Somduth said she was angered by the surge of cable theft and theft of water meters.

Somduth said non-functional streetlights helped the criminals.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the municipality was aware of the on-going crime in Copesville and other surrounding areas of the city.

Several residents to whom the The Witness spoke yesterday said the installing of the meters by the municipality, on the outside of their properties, was part of the problem.

“Electricity cable theft is high in this area. We hear of a new theft every week.

“We pleaded with the municipality to convert our electricity supply to a prepaid system because we could not afford to pay but now it is worse.

“We are not blaming the municipality for this crime but something should be done to stop it.

“They can start by fixing the streetlights and move the prepaid meters from the street into our homes,” said Somduth.

Somduth said they were told by a municipal official who installed the prepaid system for them that should their cables be stolen, they would be liable to pay R2 000 for reinstallation.


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