Electricity ‘thieving’ problem

2015-05-05 06:00

Phumlani Village residents are risking life and limb to illegally connect electricity.

Ward councillor Shaun August has raised concern over residents in the informal settlement connecting their electricity illegally after they found a way to bypass the electricity boxes.

People’s Post previously reported on the electrification of Phumlani Village where electricity was supplied to 200 residents (“Switching on the lights – at last”, 24 April 2014).

August says he visited the area a few months ago when he noticed the worrying trend. “While I was doing a site visit I saw some residents were able to connect their house supply straight to the main electricity supply in their roads. They managed this by connecting it to the supposed grey tamper-free electricity kiosks in their roads,” he says.

“These residents should be paying for their pre-paid electricity, but due to the illegal connections they are now basically getting free electricity supply to their homes. It is a health and safety risk,” August adds.

Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services Ernest Sonnenberg says the amount of money that is lost due to illegal electricity connections totalled up to R250m for the 2014/2015 financial year.

Residents are encouraged to report illegal connections to 086 010 3089 or by sending an SMS to 31220. V

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