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Capetonians urged to help root out illegal electricity tampering, cable theft

The City of Cape Town says it has dealt with nearly 6,000 of electricity tampering and 3,000 instances of cable theft.

Illegal electricity connection. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has dealt with nearly 9,000 complaints related to electricity tampering and cable theft during this financial year.

Officials have called on communities to help root out the scourge.

The City of Cape Town says it has dealt with nearly 6,000 of electricity tampering and 3,000 instances of cable theft.

Accounts were adjusted to the value of about R164 million after it was found some customers had tampered with infrastructure to electrify their homes without paying for it.

The City's Xanthea Limberg says this excludes R31 million worth of contravention notices issued.

Limberg adds cable theft hotspots include Joe Slovo in Milnerton, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Philippi West and Weltevreden Valley.

She says apart from leaving communities in darkness, stolen cables pose a risk of electric shock and allows criminals to operate easily.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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