Councillor asks for guards after threats over illegal connection

2012-02-06 00:00

A MSUNDUZI councillor has asked the council for security protection after he was reportedly threatened with assault by a person believed to be a senior manager in the electricity department.

Jay Singh says he was threatened by the manager after he had discovered an illegal connection in his ward and threatened to report it to the mayor and municipal manager.

He said that last week he attended to an electricity blackout complaint in Thayil Road.

One neighbour had apparently been stealing electricity from another, which left the legal customer without electricity.

Electricity department employees arrived and fixed the problem, but when Singh went to check the following day, he found that the cables had been left exposed and the illegal connection had been restored, allegedly on the instruction of an official in the electricity billing unit.

Singh said he contacted an electricity department official and told him he would report the issue to the mayor and the municipal manager.

He said he later received a call from a man who identified himself as a senior manager in the electricity department who asked to meet him at his office.

The man threatened him with violence unless he disclosed what he intended to tell the mayor.

Singh said he laid an official charge with the police.

He also wrote to the municipal manager requesting protection.

The police confirmed that a case of intimidation had been opened.

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