PRETORIA –The perpetrators of the serial cable theft at the Berea substation- which supplies homes, major companies, South African National Parks _SANParks) and Unisa- were capable of committing murder.
Ward councillor Sean Wilkinson said in Wednesday the damage caused to the substation during the recent theft on Sunday and Tuesday was massive and unprecedented.
“They were determined to vandalise and leave the substation in ruins.
“But when they struck on Sunday night, leaving the substation almost without any cables, I was left convinced they were also of killing,” he said adding that an indication they did not care about the impact of their deeds on citizens.
“The guys who do this go to that power station and make sure it is smashed and destroyed by the time they leave.
For most of Wednesday, businesses such as a Caltex service station, BMW Club Motors and Unisa, were relying on generators to power their buildings, while smaller establishments were in the dark for the entire day.
Spokesperson of Unisa Martin Ramotshela said the power outage affected both the Sunnyside and main campuses.
Traffic along routes whose traffic lights depend on the power station were backed up during the early morning rush, with alerts being sent out for motorists to expect delays coming into and leaving the Muckleneuk vicinity.
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