City clamps down on cable thieves

Parks Tau says 22 people have been arrested for 109 cases which resulted in the loss of R200 million.

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says 22 people have been arrested for 109 cases relating to tampering with the city's electricity systems which resulted in the loss of R200 million in revenue collection.

Tau held a briefing in Braamfontein earlier on Thursday on the latest developments around the city's electricity woes which he insists are being addressed.

Tau revealed two of the people arrested were City Power employees, while another two worked for the city.

He said rest are external contractors and members of the public.

Tau said a year-long investigation has proved the unplanned outages in recent months were due to the criminal activities rather than failure on the city's part.

"It is clear that we are not dealing with issues as has been alleged of load shedding in the city of Johannesburg and that as the city, certainly no decision of that nature has ever been made."

He said since the arrests, the city has recovered at least R107 million of the R200 million lost last month.

Tau said more arrests will follow in the coming weeks as the city cracks down on cable thieves.