Residents chase City Power workers cutting illegal connections

2014-08-05 11:26

City Power will continue its fight against people using illegal electricity connections despite employees being intimidated, the utility said.

Spokesperson Louis Pieterse said employees were intimidated and chased by some members of the community in Lenasia in the south of Johannesburg when they visited the area to disconnect illegal connections yesterday.

“City Power wishes to condemn the intimidation of our employees who were doing their duties to disconnect illegal and dangerous connections to the grid,” Pieterse said.

“Lenasia has experienced debilitating power outages, which in part are a result of these connections.”

Pieterse said illegal connections posed extreme danger to users and put the grid under undue pressure. The overloaded grid results in outages. Illegal connections also constituted a significant revenue loss to City Power and the City of Johannesburg, and put lives at risk as there was inadequate protection against live wires, resulting in a higher risk of fire and electrocution.

“As part of the prevention measures against electricity theft and loss of revenue, City Power is in the process of installing prepaid meters in protective structures (vandal proof boxes) to avoid user interference and tampering,” he said.

City Power urged residents to report illegal electricity connections.

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