A video of a naked cable thief who was allegedly trying to steal cables has gone viral.
WATCH AS THE ALLEGED CABLE THIEF CLIMBS DOWN LADDER
It is believed the video was taken in Carletonville, Gauteng, on Friday.
In the video, the unknown man, who clearly sustained serious burn wounds, climbs down the ladder.
When he finally gets to the ground, paramedics can be heard warning him not to run away but to walk toward them so they can help him. Whatever he was wearing before trying to steal the copper cables has been burnt off.
The man cautiously walked to the paramedics who took care of him.
PARAMEDICS CAN BE HEARD WARNING HIM NOT TO RUN AWAY
The video was shared on Facebook and Twitter, and it is clear that South Africans are fed up with not only load shedding but also cable thieves.
And they are vocal about their feelings.
See their reactions:
SOUTH AFRICANS ARE CLEARLY FED UP
Earlier this week, more than 24 000 Eskom customers in Gauteng were left without electricity supply for several days due to cable theft at a substation. The national power supplier said there had been an increase in theft and vandalism of electricity equipment.
Gauteng Eskom said it had noted a “concerning increase” in the theft and vandalism of electricity equipment in the province. The Senior Manager for Operations and Maintenance in Gauteng, Mashangu Xivambu, said the community’s assistance is needed to put a stop to electricity theft.
“We would like to appeal to the public to partner with us in reducing electricity-related criminal activities by reporting illegal connections, theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure to the Eskom crime line on 0800 112 722.”Mashangu Xivambu
Affected customers have been asked to be patient while Eskom works on restoring their electricity supply, according to Xivambu.
After a week of stage 6 load shedding frustrations, Eskom announced on Friday that due to lower than anticipated demand, Stage 4 load shedding will continue to be implemented until 22:00.
“Loadshedding will then be reduced to Stage 2 at 22:00 until 07:00 for both Saturday and Sunday.”Eskom