Pretoria - Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa believes the major power outages in Centurion this week are acts of sabotage and is not ruling out the involvement of municipal employees in the theft of copper cables.
Eleven Centurion suburbs have been without power this week following copper cable thefts at the Brakfontein substation over the weekend and at Kentron substation on Monday. Electricity was restored in areas that are serviced by the Brakfontein substation on Wednesday and it is expected that residents serviced by the Kentron substation will have electricity by tomorrow.
Ramokgopa said there were attempts to tamper with Lyttelton and Atteridgeville substations on Wednesday but no one was arrested. The city announced that parts of Pretoria East were without electricity. Technicians were in the area to investigate why Faerie Glen, Olympus and Boardwalk were without electricity.
At a press briefing on the outages on Wednesday, Ramokgopa said: “We think that this amounts to sabotage to undermine the economy of the capital city and the nation in general. In the Brakfontein substation for instance, three days are needed to strip it. It might be someone with the right of access to the area. We have collected all that information and given it to law enforcement agencies.”