JOHANNESBURG – As South Africans continue to grapple with load shedding, many concerns have been raised about crime, which is expected to increase over the festive season as criminals take advantage of security systems with no power.

According to the national police, officers do have the capacity to ensure citizens and their belongings are safe despite being easy targets during load shedding.

Last week, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan promised they were working towards no load shedding from Saturday this week.

Citizens are trying to find ways to survive without power, criminals are plotting their next targets.

Interpol’s South African ambassador Andy Mashaile said he is very concerned about the risk of crime at this time of year, particularly due to load shedding.

“Your flying squad, your public order policing would serve best in the interest of the members of the community when they are deployed in an area where there’s going to be load shedding.”

National police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said people must be more vigilant during power outages.

“Now that we’ve been load shedding, it means we need to make sure that we continue work with our policing approach.”

Eskom is predicting that they will need to continue with load shedding into 2019, to conduct much-needed maintenance at power stations.

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