Residents irate over power outage damage

2015-02-12 00:00

ANGRY and frustrated residents along Burger Street are counting the cost of unscheduled power outages — claiming that power surges have destroyed household appliances.

Homeowners in the area have ­described the power cuts as “unyielding” and not related to national load shedding imposed by power producer Eskom.

They claim that outages and power surges are a direct result of illegal ­connections in the Jika Joe informal settlement.

In the most recent case, residents have been left without electricity from Tuesday night.

One resident, Khudayja Dadabhay, said her microwave and dishwasher “blew out” last week Tuesday due to the power surges in the area.

“I have to live without the appliances now and it’s very difficult. I’ll have to buy new ones,” she said.

Dadabhay, who runs a yarn ­importing business from home, said that her business is also taking strain.

Another resident, who requested ­anonymity, said he is “sick and tired of reporting the same problems to the electricity department, only to have nothing done”.

The resident, who lives on the border of the Jika Joe informal settlement, said without working streetlights prostitution on Burger Street flourish.

“Electricity is a big thing. It helps run our homes, but it also helps ­illuminate the criminals on our road. On a normal day, you will find at least 10 prostitutes hanging around, but on days without electricity, things happen in the night that can’t even be ­described,” the resident said.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha was approached with the complainants’ reference numbers and was also asked to comment, but she failed to reply before going to print last night.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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