Eskom technicians were attacked by three armed thieves while working in Mabopane Block E on Tuesday, 24 May. It was the third attack on workers in Mabopane and Soweto over the past three days, said the power supplier.
ESKOM WORKERS ATTACKED
According to Eskom, two technicians were attacked by three perpetrators while inspecting meter boxes in Mabopane Block E.
The suspects allegedly demanded the workers’ wallets and cellphones before fleeing the scene in a vehicle without a license plate.
A technician was robbed of his cellphone and cash at a substation in Mabopane, in a separate incident, while on Wednesday, 25 May, another technician was stabbed while he and others were installing meters in Nomzamo, Soweto.
The worker was stabbed in the face and chest. He received treatment at a medical facility and is currently recuperating at home.
Eskom SHEQS Manager in Gauteng, Kith Maitisa, condemned the attacks on employees in the province. Maitisa added that the power supplier’s workers are often assaulted, intimidate and held hostage by some community members.
“This display of aggression and violence by communities often leads to employees suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.
“It also results in delays in repair work and project completion, further extending the period that residents spend without electricity,” said Maitisa.