A brand new mini-substation, valued at R500 000, has been stolen outside a school in Roodepoort a day after it was installed.
Johannesburg City Power has appealed to resident to come up with information that would lead to the arrest of unknown suspects who stole a mini-substation which was installed outside a school in Fleurhof Roodepoort last week.
In a statement issued by the affected company on Twitter and it reads:
"We have opened a case of theft of essential infrastructure with the police and we are hopeful that they will crack it. We are appealing to the members of the general public to assist us and the police in finding the perpetrators of this crime.
The theft of our infrastructure, including cables, substation doors, fuses, busbars, has become so brazen, and the perpetrators are heavily armed in some instances," said Sergeant Thela, Security Risk Management general manager.
City Power said it had already ordered a new mini - substation to be installed. They also said that an internal investigation had been commenced on suspicion that the theft was orchestrated by an insider.
"We have been liaising with the school and the community members to find a long lasting solutions in protecting our infrastructure as the inconvenience affects them too. The area is also susceptible to cable theft, and we have also beefed up security in the area and across our areas of supply in the City of Johannesburg," said City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena.
"While we have opened a case with the South African Police Service, we have also launched an internal investigation because we believe the incident was an organised crime and that the suspects may have had the help of insiders, including the contractors."
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