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City Power security officers arrested for cable theft and vandalism.

By Lehlohononolo Lehana.

City Power has made a breakthrough into theft and vandalism which has been crippling the the municipal utility, after 15 suspected cable thieves, nine are security officers contracted to the utility were arrested.

The arrests were made on Friday and Saturday.

City Power CEO Tshifularo Mashava said the involvement of security guards in cable theft is worrying, as they are supposed to safeguard the entity's infrastructure. 

"However, these arrests are a testament to our unwavering resolve as the municipal utility in dealing with the problem of theft and vandalism, whether perpetrated by outsiders or those from within.

"Early this financial year, we reinforced our security operations with extra intelligence and technology muscle to unmask some of these internal collaborators.

"We strongly condemn this conduct and assure the public that even those among us implicated will not be spared. We have never ruled out the involvement of our contractors and staff in the theft and vandalism problem. 

"This involvement of internal staff undermines efforts to combat the scourge, and that's why City Power has tightened its internal controls and involved law enforcement agencies to help root out these destructive elements."

City Power cautioned internal staff that the net is closing in on everyone who is involved in the destructive business of vandalism.

"This warning goes to City Power employees and those contracted to do work on behalf of the entity. The entity will spare no attempt in making sure that everyone arrested, face the full might of the law. We commend the collaborative work with the SAPS, JMPD, community policing forums and private security in different parts of Johannesburg in dealing with cable theft and vandalism," said Mashava.

Last week power utility Eskom welcomed the sentencing of John Tazvivinga for tampering with Eskom infrastructure for contravening section 3(1) of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act 18 of 2015.

The Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court convicted Tazvivinga, a former consultant of Inkitha Royal Empire Construction.

Tazvivinga was sentenced to five years in prison with the sentence wholly suspended for five years, provided he does not commit a similar offence during the suspension period.