- In the past 6 days (from the start of the 2023/24 financial year on July 1st), Johannesburg City Power has recorded 14 incidents of copper cable theft and vandalism across the City.
- In the 2022/23 financial year, City Power recorded 2, 347 incidents of cable theft and vandalism and 278 arrests made.
“The issue of cable theft and vandalism remains one of the biggest problems hampering our efforts to provide uninterrupted power supply services and resulting in significant revenue loss,” said City Power spokesperson, Isaac Mangena.
The news comes after a successful raid which resulted in the arrest of two South African scrap metal managers aged 34 – 40 years, who were taken in by the law enforcement agency last night in Alexandra, North of Johannesburg for possession of suspected stolen property (copper cables).
The Joint multidisciplinary operation was conducted by City Power Security Risk Management Team and the South African Police Services (SAPS) to clamp down on cable theft. During the raid, it was discovered that 34kg of shiny copper cables were found in the suspects’ scrap metal yard and were taken to the Bramley Police Station for processing, and charged with possession of suspected stolen property.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal
Source: City Power