Large-scale utility thefts uncovered

2010-02-12 00:00

EVIDENCE of large-scale water and electricity theft within the city is beginning to emerge as the Msunduzi Municipality’s disconnection team hit several more buildings yesterday.

The municipality is carrying out a major swoop on debtors who owe money on their electricity and water accounts. The Witness reported yesterday that more than R585 million is owed to the municipality by government, private households and businesses.

In yesterday’s swoop, the team came across buildings where the owners had completely bypassed their meters. In one instance, electricity to a block of flats was being taken straight off the municipal grid and in the same block there were no meters.

The municipality is now probing whether there is water theft as well in these buildings as evidence is emerging of water meters being by-passed.

The chairman of the council’s water loss task team, Councillor Patrick Moon, said they have never been able to understand what is causing the loss, but with this kind of evidence emerging theft may turn out to be a major factor.

From Monday the team will go on a major disconnection crackdown on municipal debt defaulters at premises across the city.

 

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