The Lesotho Electricity Company is faced with a humongous
challenge of theft of metal with which electricity equipment is made.
This notorious behaviour is known as vandalism. This involves the theft
of materials such as cables, airdec, transformers, meters and tower
members. This increased trend has been observed since August 2014 and is
worsening as indicated in figure 1 below. Currently, the most affected
|• Ha – Tsosane||• Lower Thamae|
|• Morija||• Lithabaneng|
|• Naleli ||• Koalabata |
|• Ha - Seoli||• Tsoapo – le - Bolila|
|• Mabote ||• Ha – Pita |
|• Ha - leqele||• Ha - Seleso|
|• Motse-Mocha||• Qoaling|
|• Sekamaneng||• Sephetenyane|
|• Teropo ea Maseru (Maseru City) ||• Nazareta|
|• Upper Thamae||• Morija|
|• Tsenola ||• Karolo ea Maputsoe|
Figure 1: The trend in vandalism cases since 2012.
August 2014 till February 2016, LEC has lost M1, 294, 000.00 (Figure 2
below0 of material cost. It must be noted that this can be estimated to
over M2, 000, 000.00 of replacement value over a period of 19 months.
Figure 2: LEC material costs due to vandalism
It is suspected that the market for the stolen equipment is the scrap
yards and these have been implicated by the thieves who have been
arrested. It must also be noted that these thieves operate individually
and as syndicates because once initiatives are put to curb or stop the
vandalism activity in one area, the thieves move to another. As
mentioned earlier, the open or available market also plays a major role
in increased incidents as there is a financial “destination” of the
stolen items. Unfortunately, the vandals fail to understand and observe
that this horrible act has the following consequences:
• Loss of life and injury for vandals and the general public;
• Damage to electricity users’ property;
• Hindrance to Lesotho’s development, which amounts to sabotage;
• Unplanned electricity outages occur.
Time Loss: Instead of focusing on the core business of LEC which is
ensuring supply of reliable and safe electricity, time is spent on
repairing the vandalised equipment and restoring these essential
is therefore highly encouraged that as the public we take the following
actions continuously in order to police these valuable assets which
supply our communities with electricity:
1. Report any abnormal activity on the electricity infrastructure to the nearest police station, the chief and LEC at 52100000;
Get to know the status of the electricity infrastructure in your
community from time to time in order to recognise abnormalities on time.
LEC on the other hand, amongst other prevention strategies, will:
• Hold public gatherings in order to create awareness to all;
• Hold meetings with the law enforcement bodies to come up with effective and practical strategies;
Form vandalism prevention committees with all affected (Mahokela,
essential services providers, Chiefs, Community Councils, etc).
are cases of thieves arrested red-handed or through whistle blowing by
communities and those arrested have been sentenced as follows
• 7 year sentence or fine of M15, 000.00;
• 3 year imprisonment without option of fine;
• 5 years imprisonment and surety of M20, 000.00;
• 10 years imprisonment with an option of M12, 000.00 of fine;
• 15 years imprisonment with an option of M15, 000.00 of fine.
network vandalism is a national dilemma which must be addressed by all
for the benefit of Lesotho. Wherever you are, report vandalism, do not
be a by stander, be part of the anti-vandalism champions!