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City: ‘Please report assaults on infrastructure’

Residents of the City of Cape Town are urged to report illegal electrical connections and any damage to electrical infrastructure.

The council’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department spent close to R2,2 million to replace and repair damaged and stolen infrastructure from July to September. Aside from the financial impact, the actions of criminals also often result in power outages.

Recent arrests for apparent illegal connections, cable theft and vandalism across the metropole have given the City hope that this burden and senseless act can be brought to a halt by working with communities. “Tampering, theft and vandalism of essential electrical infrastructure are seen as priority crimes and, as per Section 2 of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act (Act 18 0f 2015), imprisonment not exceeding 30 years and fines not exceeding R100 million are possible when guilt is established,” said Phindile Maxiti: Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change.

The City prefers information that will lead to arrest, confiscation of stolen or illegal goods or handing in of illegal or stolen goods. It is offering a R5 000 reward. Tip-offs can be anonymous. To report, SMS 31220, email power@capetown.gov.za, or phone 112 from a cellphone (toll-free), 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.

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