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Metro Police arrest brazen cable thieves
‚ÄčElectricity cables confiscated by the Durban Metro Police
during a sting operation in Isiphingo recently.
SWIFT action from the Isiphingo Metro Police has led to the arrest of two men, including a Municipal contractor, for electricity cable theft. Members of the Durban Metro Police had initially arrested a man with 30 metres of cables. Upon further investigations the police nabbed a contractor who was illegally selling the cables to the public.

The Inanda-based contractor was caught red handed trying to sell cables to undercover police during a sting operation. More than 400 metres of cables was found on his premises. One of the biggest challenges that the Municipality faces is the scourge of illegal electricity connections. Electricity theft has led to devastating and tragic consequence such as loss of life as well as damage to infrastructure.

Legitimate customers also experience continuous electricity outages due to overloaded circuits. Illegal electricity connections are costing the Municipality millions annually. Huge efforts and resources are put in place to curb electricity theft. To mitigate this illegal trend, regular sweeps, disconnections and removal of tampered installations are carried out.

In order to minimise the impact of illegal connections, the City has introduced several initiatives and modifications to the infrastructure such as frequent removal of illegal connections and converting affected service connections from underground mains to overhead mains to minimise interruption of supply to customers.

Contractors and service providers are cautioned not to engage in illegal activity. The City will follow up on allegations of fraud and corruption and perpetrators will be brought to book and further banned from doing business with the state in future.

To report electricity irregularities call 031 311 9611. You can also report any fraudulent activities, corruption and maladministration in the Municipality to the City Integrity and Investigations Unit on, 0800 202020 or email ombuds@durban.gov.za
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