ETHEKWINI Municipality has appealed to residents to work with them to catch izinyoka.
Head of communications in the municipality, Tozi Mthethwa, said they have realised that they can’t fight this battle alone.
“ In an effort to end this problem we are asking residents to consider working with us. It is important for residents to get involved because the changes and initiatives we have implemented in the fight against izinyoka were not making any difference.
“The municipality loses over R150 million each year to replace damaged infrastructure.
“Our technicians regularly attend to these complaints and have the electricity restored.
“The first step is that residents must stop turning a blind eye if they know their relatives, neighbours and friends are involved in stealing electricity.
“Acts of vandalism taking place in our communities cannot be addressed by the municipality and police alone.”
She said cable theft has to stop because it impacts the economy and job creation and accumulates heavy costs.
“The municipality has replaced short poles with longer ones. We did awareness programmes about izinyoka in which residents were educated. We will also send security guards to izinyoka hot spots.
“The deployment of security guards was stopped because one security guard was killed. Residents need to get involved in fighting the problem because they are the ones who feel the pinch more than anyone else.
“They need to report any suspicion of cable theft to the following numbers: 080 13 13 111, sms: 083 700 0819 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org”