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 alleged that the suspects were attempting to steal the City Power copper cable when the team of seven security officers drove towards them,” the state-owned national power supplier said in a statement on Tuesday.
The 30 heavily armed suspects allegedly opened fire on the team of seven security officers.
One security officer, who was not named, succumbed to head injuries sustained from the attack two days later, on January 13.
The case is currently being investigated by the SAPS. The power utility states a continued increase in theft and vandalism of its infrastructure is too much to handle, even with the control measures that are in place.
IOL has reported multiple incidents of vandalism and theft of Eskom’s infrastructure, which often results in unforeseen power outages.
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