A Chegutu man, Rangarirai Zhuwawu, appeared before the Harare Magistrates court today (Thursday) for contravening the Electricity Act after he cut a Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) armoured cable.
The court heard that on the 26 th of May 2021, Zhuwawu who was in the company of his accomplice who is still at large, approached the Granary Phase 1B Pump Station where they climbed two concrete Zesa poles (H-pole) and cut cables which supply electricity to the adjacent 500KVA transformer housed about 10 metres from the poles.
They proceeded to the transformer where they damaged the padlock securing the door where the transformer is housed and removed the screws and bolts on the transformer.
When the security guards who were nearby realised that electricity had gone off they headed straight to the transformer where they were confronted by the two accused persons who pelted them with stones and the guards fled. The two accused persons gave chase and started breaking all the window panes at the guards’ residence.
The guards sought help from members of the community who overwhelmed the accused person who was apprehended while his accomplice disappeared into the darkness.
The accused was handed over to police detectives who questioned him and he led them to where he had hidden his satchel with his clothes. He was wearing a woolen hood over his face and head as well as black leggings.
The transformer that was tempered with is valued at RTGS$ 1906 800.00 Harare Magistrate Dennis Mangosi remanded Zhuwawu in custody to the 31 st of May for his bail application.