Mangena added that power was also off in the Devland industrial area, affecting supply to areas like the ABI plant and the Joburg waste water treatment plant in Goudkoppies — also because of double cable theft.
According to Mangena, Eldorado Park extensions 1 and 2 were plunged into darkness on Wednesday night due to cable theft.
“Three suspects were apprehended by the community and we commend the community for what they did,” he said.
In Alexandra, Mangena said, two suspects were caught while loading cables on to a bakkie.
Two other suspects were caught in action at Alexandra substation trying to steal cables. They had loaded cables on to a bakkie.
Mangena said the cable theft was affecting the thousands of people who are working from home during the extended lockdown.
“Most people do not have the luxury of a generator and we also have many small businesses suffering,” he said.
“Of course, big business is also affected, as we saw with the power outage in Devland that affected ABI.
“You can see the huge affect it has.”