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Vandalism, theft costing City
Two electricity boxes were set alight in Monte Vis

Vandalism and theft of critical electricity infrastructure is a challenge across the city.

This is according to Phindile Maxiti, Mayco member for energy, who was responding to a recent incident in which two electricity boxes were set alight and destroyed in the Monte Vista area.

It was alleged that vagrants were most likely responsible for the damage. The boxes were broken open and pieces of paper were placed inside it. It is suspected that the vandals wanted to obtain copper cables.

Maxiti says the City was made aware of the vandalism, but added that they are not 100% certain as to who the responsible people are.

“Vandalism is increasingly placing pressure on the existing infrastructure and subsequently affects the electricity supply,” Maxiti says.

He says money spent on the repairs is money that could have been spent on other projects to improve the lives of residents.

“But instead has to be redirected to fix what is being destroyed.

“In most cases, the perpetrators are known to residents as they are from the very same neighbourhoods. Without input from residents, the City will never win the war against these crimes.”

In an attempt to encourage residents to report such incidents the City offers a reward of R5 000 to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest, confiscation of stolen or illegal goods, or the handing in of illegal or stolen goods.

“This reward is also applicable to information leading to the arrest of people vandalising, damaging or stealing electricity infrastructure or installing illegal connections,” Maxiti says.

Monte Vista has experienced two unplanned electricity outages in recent weeks. Both electricity boxes have been replaced, the City says.

The first was on Wednesday 18 March due to a low voltage fault.

The second, due to a burnt electricity box which occurred on Sunday 3 May.

Last mentioned case was reported to the police, Maxiti says.

Residents are encouraged to report electricity theft and outages to the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089, sending an SMS to 31220 or email power@capetown.gov.za.

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