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Municipalities apologise for power outages

Officials said most outages were caused by cable and steel theft.

Johannesburg City Power technicians said it will cost an estimated R30 million to repair the pylons. Picture: Faizel Patel @Faizie143.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni municipalities apologised to residents who were left without electricity.

Residents in Lenasia and from Springs on the East Rand were severely affected by the disruptions.

Officials said most outages were caused by cable and steel theft.

Picture: Faizel Patel @Faizie143.

Johannesburg City Power technicians said it will cost an estimated R30 million to repair the pylons which collapsed in Lenasia after it was dismantled by criminals.

Parts of Johannesburg were without power as officials struggled to set up a temporary power line.

Furthermore, East Rand authorities believe there may be a syndicate involved in the theft of cables and steel.

Picture: Faizel Patel @Faizie143.

Residents in parts of Springs were without electricity since last Thursday.

Officials said water supply in the area was also affected as reservoirs can't be filled without electricity for the pumps.

MAN CAUGHT WITH ELECTRICAL CABLES

Police are questioning a truck driver who was caught with millions of rand worth of electrical cables in Booysens.

Metro police officials discovered the cables in the vehicle yesterday during routine checks.

City Power's Louis Pieterse said it was unclear where the cables were being moved to.

"The incident needs a thorough investigation as he was caught with millions of rand worth of City Power cables."