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Fed-up women take fight against cable theft to suspects’ ...

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Fed-up women take fight against cable theft to suspects’ doorsteps

The community has been under siege as blackouts leave clinics and schools unable to deliver basic services

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Elizabeth Lingeveldt heaved a sigh of relief when shootings stopped a few months ago in Bonteheuwel. But within weeks copper theft syndicates took advantage of the lull in gang warfare by targeting the Cape Flats community’s substations, leaving homes in darkness.

“I bought my deep freezer six months ago and it is dead now because of these power cuts. I can’t afford to have it repaired again,” Lingeveldt said this week. “There are disabled people in this community, senior people and pregnant women who need electricity.”

Fed up with the constant power cuts, Lingeveldt and 15 other women marched to some of the metal theft suspects’ homes on Monday. Three days later, she said there had been no further copper thefts. ..

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