‘Tik-koppe’ blamed for power outages
COMMUNITY members in Smartie Town and other areas of the Westbank are blaming drug addicts for the continuous power outages in Oudtshoorn.
Residents in the Westbank areas claimed that vandalism and cable theft from the local main power stations were making life difficult for them as they sometimes have to spend hours in the dark.
The community said drug addicts were stealing copper cables and selling them to the local scrap yards to feed their drug habits. Residents are now calling on the police and the municipality to intervene as frequent blacks-outs disturbed their livelihood.
“The problem is the ‘tik-koppe’ who are stealing the cables causing hours of electricity outages,” a resident in Westbank, Magdalene Windvogel, said.
“Most of the local power sub stations are vandalised. ‘Tik-koppe’ steal the cables and just leave the electrical boxes unlocked, exposing our kids to danger.
“We spend hours without electricity because of the druggies.’’
Greater Oudtshoorn municipality spokesperson Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe said cable theft in the neighbourhoods resulted in power blackouts.
“This in some cases was due to damaged poles and fallen trees after thunderstorms.
“Electricians are out there to attend to the problem,” Mangqwengqwe said.
Another resident complained that this was a serious problem and appealed to the authorities to attend to it.
“I use power all the time because I sell wood and when I have to chop it by hand this makes my work difficult when the electricity is off.
“We wish this problem could be attended to urgently.”