Load shedding comes with its heaps of problems, let alone an inconvenience. While South African citizens and businesses grapple with the inconvenience of load shedding, the South African Police Service (SAPS) is on high alert for an underlying threat: criminals taking advantage of power outages.
Schedules are available for the public to view and prepare for. In the same breath, it gives criminals the edge as they know which areas will be hit, meaning that at some places, the security systems will be at their most vulnerable state.
SAPS on high alert for crime during load shedding
This is what Andy Mashaile, the Interpol’s South African ambassador stated in an EyewitnessNews article (written by Mia Lindeque).
“Your flying squad, your public order policing would serve best in the interest of the members of the community when they are deployed in an area where there’s going to be load shedding.” Mashaile added.
With Eskom’s increasing struggles with generating enough power to feed the national grid, it can be assumed that load shedding is an occurrence that will haunt us well into 2019.
Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, stirred the pot with his comments on a possible sabotage plot to disrupt the services of the power utility.
He also mentioned that he and his ministry were working hand-in-hand with Eskom to prevent any further load shedding schedules until mid-January 2019.
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However, as you may know it, the coin flips and lands on both sides when it comes to Eskom and load shedding.
Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom’s spokesperson, revealed that the power utility would hold off from load shedding for Monday.
“National control is saying that if the situation deteriorates, if we have any breakdowns, especially the big power plants like Medupi, then we might have to review our position but so far things are looking good, which is why we are not having load shedding, at least at this stage. If it continues like this we might go through today without any load shedding.” Phasiwe stated.
As welcomed as this news may be, it still does not take away the nagging thought of how unsafe it is to live in South Africa during this load shedding period.
The spokesperson of the SAPS, Vishnu Naidoo, warned residents to remain vigilant at all times.
“Now that we’ve load shedding, it means we need to make sure that we continue work with our policing approach.” Naidoo stated.
This news release does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SA-news.
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