Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg: Picture: Gauteng Tourism Authority

Johannesburg - Cable thieves have caused a power disruption at the Museum Africa in Johannesburg, mayoral committee member for community development Nonhlanhla Sifumba warned potential visitors on Saturday.

Sifumba said she would like to notify the residents of Johannesburg and prospective visitors that there was a power interruption at the Museum Africa. Preliminary investigations had revealed that the power interruption was a result of cable theft on the north end of the museum building.

"We would like to assure the public and museum patrons that we are applying stringent measures to improve security in the perimeter of the museum, as well as to ensure that we prevent further damage to the city's infrastructure. We would like to convey our sincere apologies to all visitors for the disruptions to the museum service. The museum will only be open for limited tours until the problem is resolved. 

"We have deployed a team to assess the full extent of the damage resulting from the cable theft and give us an indication of how long the repairs process will take. We will soon advise our patrons on when the full range of museum services will be restored. We condemn these acts of sabotage that are causing costly damages to the city's infrastructure and interrupting our resolve to provide quality services to the residents of Johannesburg," Sifumba said.

Anonymous tip-offs about crime could be made to the City of Johannesburg corruption line 0800-002-587 or residents could send an anonymous SMS to crime line at 32211 (SMS charged at R1).