Battery thieves could plunge SA into a telecomms blackout

07 August 2019 - 06:03 By Graeme Hosken
Organised crime syndicates risk plunging SA into a telecommunications blackout through the theft of hundreds of batteries from cellphone towers.
Organised crime syndicates risk plunging SA into a telecommunications blackout through the theft of hundreds of batteries from cellphone towers.
Image: Supplied

Crime syndicates targeting industrial batteries powering the country’s cellphone towers are wrecking businesses and threatening to plunge SA into a telecommunications black hole.

In the past month, thieves – who reportedly sell stolen batteries to off-grid households – have run riot across Gauteng.

 

subscribe