Mandlazini residents forced to pay for cable theft costs

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THE disproportionately high level of cable theft in Mandlazini is angering residents who, apart from consequently going for weeks at a time without electricity, are forced to fork out thousands every time it happens.

Aubrey Mdluli is one such resident who, on behalf of the community, wants to make the matter public to try and rectify the situation.

‘In the early hours of one morning last month, I was sitting at my desk working when suddenly the lights went out.

‘On checking outside, I saw someone inside my property, fiddling with the power cables.

‘I shouted and he ran, but by the time I got outside, half the cable had gone and so had the suspect.’

After opening a case of robbery at the Richards Bay Police Station, Mdluli headed to the City of uMhlathuze to report the incident.

‘To my surprise, I was told to complete an affidavit at the police station and then pay R2 500 to the municipality for cable replacement,’ said Mdluli.

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  AUTHOR
Tamlyn Jolly
Journalist

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