The City of
Tshwane is faced with the mammoth task of curbing cable theft, which is a
nightmare throughout South Africa. From November 2017 to May 2018 the City lost
about R65 million to cable theft. And it is not just the City that is affected –
local residents and businesses also suffer from this scourge. This is why the
City is appealing to Tshwane’s residents and all its stakeholders to take part
in curbing this crime.
and businesses in all seven regions regularly face water supply interruptions
and power outages as a result of cable theft and vandalism of substations. This
culminates in non-functioning street and traffic lights, power outages, water
supply interruptions and so forth.
The costs the City
incurs to restore vandalised substations and replace stolen cables are
enormous. As a result, funds that were supposed to restore the dignity of our
residents by providing water connections and new electricity, fixing potholes,
installing new street lights, building new RDP houses and maintaining our roads
must now be used to repair vandalised substations and replace stolen cables.
In his State of
the Capital Address on 12 April 2018, the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga,
stressed that cable theft and vandalism hamper local economic development and affect
the quality of life of Tshwane’s residents. In order to curtail this scourge,
the City has established a dedicated Cable Theft Unit in the Tshwane Metro
Police Department. According to Cllr Msimanga, more than R80 million has been
allocated to the unit to equip them with the necessary resources.
encouraged to play their part in getting rid of cable theft completely by reporting
any suspicious behaviour or digging to 012 358 7095/6 or 080 874 9263.
Residents can also contact their local ward councillors and the Community
Police Forum (CPF) in their area.