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eskomThe Citizen reports that Eskom has raised concern about the number of attacks on its employees by communities who want to forcefully steal electricity.

On Tuesday the utility announced it had temporarily suspended services in Sebokeng Zone 7 after the intimidation of staff members and damage caused to its infrastructure in the area. “Services will resume when the utility deems it safe for its employees to work in the area,” said Daphne Mokwena, senior manager of customer services in Gauteng. The utility indicated that this followed a similar incident in Orlando East, Soweto, where its employees were violently attacked and property damaged. Last month the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said it was investigating a Tshwane metro police officer who shot and killed a man in Leeuwfontein as police battled against izinyoka, or electricity thieves. Ipid spokesperson Ndileka Cola said police were attempting to stop a group of people trying to illegally reconnect electrical cables that had been disconnected by a cable theft unit a few hours earlier. The group resisted police orders and instead started throwing stones at the police. “The crowd management unit members then alighted from their Nyala and retaliated by shooting at the community members throwing stones,” Cola indicated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Siyanda Ndlovu at The Citizen

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