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FF Plus will make recommendations to Gauteng Police Commissioner to secure power and substations

The FF Plus will meet with the Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lt.-Gen. Elias Mawela, to make recommendations regarding how power and substations in Gauteng can be better protected against vandalism, which frequently leaves residential areas and shopping centres without electricity for extended periods of time.

In Randfontein on Sunday evening, a substation in the industrial area was vandalised and as a result, various factories had to make use of generators. The damage to the substation is estimated to amount to nearly a million rand.

It is also estimated that cable theft and the vandalism of power and substations cost Eskom approximately R200 million per year.

From April 2018 to March 2019, 1091 cases of cable theft and vandalism were reported in various parts of Gauteng.

Other problems include illegal electricity connections that overload the systems and cause power outages, tampering with electricity meters and the destruction of infrastructure.

Since the Criminal Procedure Act was amended in 2015 to declare certain offences statutory crimes, cable theft is no longer just a matter of common law theft.

Persons who are found guilty of cable theft could be given a minimum sentence of 30 years. And companies guilty of the offence could be given a fine of at least R100 million.

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