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PICTURES: Zesa Transformer Thieves Arrested

The police at Sadza Growth Point in Chikomba East have apprehended Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority transformer thieves who were involved in the vandalism and theft of electricity transmission equipment.

The gang was arrested following a tip off on transformer vandalism.

Recently, ZESA Enterprises (ZENT) announced plans to install cameras as well as tracking chips on power transformers to curb theft and vandalism.

The State-owned power utility also announced that it was losing at least three transformers every night to vandalism and theft.

Suspectes arrested at Sadza Growth point for vandalism of electricity infrastructure

While some of the power outages being experienced are a result of load-going, Zesa says many incidents of outages are also due to vandalism of its infrastructure.

Suspectes arrested at Sadza Growth point for vandalism of electricity infrastructure

Last year, Zesa, announced that it has lost transformers worth about $20 million and hundreds of copper cable rods to theft and vandalism, which resulted in the power utility setting up a whistle-blower initiative to reward those who report suspected theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure.

Upon conviction, criminals who steal power infrastructure face up to ten years in jail.

— ZOOMZimbabwe

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