Tebogo Msimanga |
Two City Power security officers were shot and injured on Sunday night in the Eikenhof area, south of Joburg. The security officers were doing their regular patrols in the bushes near Eikenhof substation when they were ambushed by unknown number of suspected cable thieves who came from no where and started shooting.
City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said a shootout ensued, with the two security officers clearly outgunned, and one of the security officers was shot and taken to Milpark hospital. “The area of Eikenhof is the hardest hit as the cable theft hotspot. This is partly due to the vast open bushy spaces where our cables supplying Naturena, Kiblerpark, among others, run”.
Mangena said the shooting is another proof that the cable thieves are being brazen and dangerous. He added that the City Power has called on the Police to do more to assist their security response to cable theft and vandalism. “This should include regular patrols and raids in identified areas as hotspots:.
A case of attempted murder, tempering and attempted theft of essential infrastructure has been opened with the police.