9 Eskom workers released after being held hostage by Mabopane residents

The utility on Monday night said its workers were being held against their will by Morula View residents who were demanding a mini substation be replaced in their community.

FILE: Its workers were safely evacuated by law enforcement agencies overnight. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Nine Eskom employees who were taken hostage in Mabopane have now been released.

The utility on Monday night said its workers were being held against their will by Morula View residents who were demanding a mini substation be replaced in their community.

The parastatal conceded it was facing a shortage of mini substations and said it was experiencing high incidents of equipment failure due to illegal connections, tampering and infrastructure vandalism.

Its workers were safely evacuated by law enforcement agencies overnight.

Spokesperson Amanda Qithi said: “We are currently dealing with the challenge of shortages of many substations which has led to delays in the replacement of these equipment. The Morula View community is among customers who are unfortunately affected by these delays. We are working with the manufacturers for a faster turnaround time so that we are able to replace the failed equipment and restore supply to our paying customers.”

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