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Contracted Eskom worker dies after attack by 30 heavily armed alleged cable thieves

THIRTY heavily armed thieves attempted to steal copper cables from an Eskom customer centre in Soweto, resulting in one Eskom-contracted security officer being fatally wounded.

On Tuesday, January 11, seven contracted security officers were on the way back to their post at Mapetla substation from Eskom Klipspruit’s Customer Network Centre (CNC).

"It is asserted that the suspects were endeavoring to take the City Power copper link when the group of seven security officials drove towards them," the state-claimed public power provider said in an assertion on Tuesday.

The 30 vigorously equipped presumes purportedly started shooting at the group of seven security officials.

One security official, who was not named, surrendered to head wounds supported from the assault two days after the fact, on January 13.

"Eskom feels for the group of the perished security official and is profoundly worried about such criminal demonstrations that cost the existence of a provider," Eskom Gauteng's wellbeing, wellbeing, climate, quality and security (SHEQS) administrator Kith Maitisa said.

"Our job is to give protected and dependable power to clients. Nonetheless, such demonstrations contrarily affect us accomplishing this commitment," Maitisa adds.

Maitisa said that representatives would be reviewed assuming there was a danger to their security.

The case is at present being examined by the SAPS.

The power utility expresses a proceeded with expansion in robbery and defacement of its framework is a lot to bear, even with the control estimates that are set up.

IOL has revealed numerous occurrences of defacement and burglary of Eskom's framework, which regularly brings about unexpected blackouts.

Eskom inclinations the general population to report any dubious exercises, secretly, to its wrongdoing line (0800 11 27 22) or the closest police headquarters.

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