Johannesburg City Power is appealing to Anton with information to cone forward after a new R500 000 mini substation was stolen outside a school in Roodepoort. The brand new substation has only been installed less than 24 hours prior to its disappearance.
The stolen mini substation was a replacement of an old one in Fleurhof, Roodepoort. The theft was confirmed by Sergeant Thela who is a Security Risk Management general manager.
"We have opened a case of theft of essential infrastructure with the police and are hopeful that they will crack it. We are appealing to the members of the community to assist us and the police in finding the perpetrators. 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.
City Power suspect this was an inside job, an internal investigation is under way. They also said a new mini substation has been ordered and will be installed soon.
We have been liaising with the school and the community to find solutions to protect the infrastructure as the inconvenience affects them. 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 SAPS, 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," he added.
Mangena urged anyone with information to contact the police or the City Power Security Risk Management control room at 011 490 7900, 011 490 7911 or 011 490 7553.
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