Cable theft impacted community

The worst of the whole ordeal for the residents was the amount of meat, dairy products and other perishable foods that had to be discarded in the process.

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Bethal residents were without electricity from 20 April in Andries Pretorius Street, Spoor Street and Van Hyde Lane because of an electrical cable that was stolen. The replaced cables were stolen six times in a timespan of six months. The thefts took place on a Thursday or a Friday evening. This posed a problem for residents as nothing got done until the next Monday.
On Mondays GMM would reply on reporting of these incidents by saying that they were waiting for a cable, a cherry picker or some spare part. As soon as the cable had been replaced and the electricity restored, the cable was stolen again.
On the evening of 7 May the electricity surged throughout the night… on and off and on and off. Residents lost electrical appliances: fridges, microwaves etc. and lightbulbs blew. The worst of the whole ordeal for the residents was the amount of meat, dairy products and other perishable foods that had to be discarded in the process. This all happened because of the high voltage surges that passed through the meter boxes.
These are the least of their problems. The Bulletin reported on the tragic event of a little girl that was shocked to death in the bathtub in December. The same happened to the residents when they touched their gates to open them. The residents were and are still terrified that the same fate might befall them or their children.
On 11 May their hopes of sorting the problem permanently, came true. GMM ensured that they installed the cable on top of the cable pylons that had been there all along.
Michelle Rademeyer, a candidate for the Freedom Front Plus, informed the Bulletin about the horrific experiences the residents were subjected to. Michelle and her husband, Hennie, assisted the residents right from the commencement of the electrical disaster.
Michelle is now assisting these same residents to claim damages from GMM, but with the financial problems GMM is experiencing currently she is not sure whether or not the residents will be able to claim. They are still going to submit their claims and will not give up this fight.
In order to submit such a claim the following is required: a claim form from GMM, which can be obtained at the municipality offices, three quotations from reputable suppliers for the damaged electrical goods and the original slip and in some cases, a qualified electrician has to verify the severity of the damage. This claim process can take between 3 months and drag on for 3 years.
Any council member can assist in this claim process should there be a need for assistance. Ensure that you know who the ward councillor is in your area. – Ané Prinsloo

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