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Hawks probe Eikenhof substation fire

The City of Johannesburg says its group investigation office reported the matter to the Hawks following Monday’s blaze.

The transformer at the Eikenhof substation appeared to have been maliciously damaged so that it would leak oil onto the fire during Mayor Herman Mashaba's visit to the substation. Picture: @CityofJoburgZA/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says the Hawks are investigating this week's fire at the Eikenhof substation in the South of Johannesburg that left parts of the city and the North West without power for over two days.

The city says its group investigation office reported the matter to the Hawks following Monday’s blaze.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has described the incident as an act of sabotage.

He says he visited the substation on Wednesday.

“The entire area has been declared as a crime scene by the Hawks as they are busy doing the investigation to get to the bottom of this fire.”

Mashaba says power has been fully restored to all affected areas.