Illegal electricity connections cut

2016-07-01 06:00
 Photo: supplied  Municipal electricity department employees work with electricity cables with SAPS watching in the background.

Photo: supplied Municipal electricity department employees work with electricity cables with SAPS watching in the background.

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GREATER Kokstad Municipality cut power to illegally connected electricity lines in Marikana squatter camp last Thursday.
People were forced to occupy the area last year because they were removed from Horseshoe by the municipality and put in Marikana, and as a result have not received basic services like water, electricity and proper road and houses from government.

Municipal officers from the electricity department were escorted by police to cut illegal electricity connections. Municipal spokesperson Sabelo Ncwane said the municipality is losing millions because of illegal connections.

“There are many reports of illegal connections especially in townships and Marikana area. People don’t understand it is dangerous to connect electricity illegal.

“The municipality warns people not to connect electricity illegally, instead they should wait for the municipality to supply electricity. Those who continue to connect electricity illegally will face the law.”

Ncwane said the municipality is also losing millions because of cable theft in town.

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