12 October 2018 - AT RIETSPRUIT WASTE WATER TREATMENT WORKS (WWTW) Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) strongly condemns the relentless attacks on its infrastructure by cable theft syndicates, with the latest incident which happened during the early hours of Thursday morning (October 11th, 2018) claiming a life of a security officer. This was after a group of twelve (12) robbers ambushed the Rietspruit WWTW where four security guards were on duty.
The robbers proceeded to cut electricity cables from a mini sub-station supplying power to the sewer treatment plant, during which they were spotted by the security personnel. It is alleged that the robbers overpowered and assaulted one of the guards who died at the scene. The municipality is working with the Vanderbijlpark SAPS in investigating the matter and sends its heartfelt condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased.