Kidnapped City Power technicians on duty in Lenasia

Kidnapped City Power technicians on duty in Lenasia

Three City Power technicians who were kidnapped Tuesday while on duty in Lenasia South managed to make their way to the police station.

Joburg’s electric company said it learned with alarm that its technicians had been kidnapped while on duty. A crew of one man and two women were answering a call from a customer about a faulty meter when they were attacked.

“While a technician was checking the address, the rest of the crew (a man and two women) were abducted into the two trucks,” said City Power spokesman Isaac Mangina.

He said the cars were later found abandoned in Lule and near the Meringue Squatter camp in southern Lenacia.

While news of the kidnapping is alarming, Mangina said, it highlights the increased risks their staff take in the line of duty.

“This year alone, our teams have been held at gunpoint, cellphones, laptops and toolboxes robbed, kidnapped and maimed to the point of hospitalization – all while serving Joburg communities.

“In this case, one crew member was physically assaulted while the two women were left unharmed,” he said.

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