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Electricity boxes set alight

It is still unclear who is responsible for setting alight two electricity boxes in Monte Vista.

The boxes were set on fire two days apart from each other last week – the last one being reported on Sunday 3 May. The boxes, situated on the corners of Montague and Buitendag Roads supply electricity to street lights in the area.

“Someone tried breaking it open, stuck paper into it and destroyed it,” Pierre Gouws, chair of Monte Vista and Plattekloof Glen Ratepayers Association and owner of District Watch, says.

Photos of private security company guards dousing the fire with fire extinguishers were shared with TygerBurger. The City of Cape Town’s fire and rescue services also attended the scenes.

Gouws said the City fixed and replaced the electricity boxes within 24 hours.

Cheryl Visser, ward councillor, confirmed this saying she was made aware of both cases and that both of the incidents had been reported to the City’s electrical department.

Gouws says he believes the boxes may have been vandalised by vagrants in the area. “Since the start of the lockdown we have experienced an increase of vagrants coming into the area.”

Gouws suspects the electricity boxes were broken into to obtain the copper cables inside. “But as far as I am aware there are no scrap metal dealerships operating at this moment,” he says.

Since the lockdown started there has also been an increase in stabbing incidents among vagrants in the area, apparently over territory.

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