Senaoane residents in Soweto recently petrol-bombed an Eskom mini substation leaving about 50 customers without electricity supply.
Our technicians are currently on site working on replacing the mini substation and restoring power to residents’ homes.
The residents claim that this act was an attempt to prevent a local business owner from illegally tapping into the Eskom network which caused continuous outages in the area.
“Eskom condemns any illegal activities associated with electricity theft and calls on communities to report such acts to the police and allow them to do their work,” says Mzwandile Magaqa, Eskom Jo’burg Zone Manager.
A criminal case has been opened through the South African Police Service and investigations are underway for legal action to be taken against the suspects that damaged Eskom’s infrastructure.
The business owner has also been fined for meter tampering and is also without electricity supply until the fine is paid.
Source: Soweto Urban.