In an interview with Cape Talk, Eskom spokesperson Sikonahi Mantshantsha said he is disappointed in the public for the violent criminal acts against Eskom technicians who go out to work in various areas.
“We have big concerns in some areas in the Western Cape like Philippi after a tragic incident on 15 June in Philippi East. Our colleagues were called to restore supply and on their way out the security guards were ambushed, shot dead and their firearms were stolen”, he said.
Mantshantsha says they have experienced a couple of incidents in Khayelitsha and the Cape Flats area. Workers now refuse to enter the area as they are gambling with their lives.
Eskom technicians have dealt with kidnapping in Soweto, Bronkhorstspruit as well as in Diepsloot and Soweto just two days ago.
“It has become a norm for Eskom employees to risk their lives and this is totally unacceptable”.
Mantshantsha says paying customers are unfortunately in some cases the neighbours of criminals. He says they need the community’s help to deal with these criminal elements.
“We’ll do everything we can to serve our honest, paying customers.”
He says technicians now always move around with a security escort.