Eskom responds to Mkholombe illegal connection

2015-07-23 06:00
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Illegal electrical connections in Mkholombe are professionally done and are an ongoing problem.

PHOTO: candyce krishna Illegal electrical connections in Mkholombe are professionally done and are an ongoing problem.

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ESKOM has responded a month later to a media query about illegal connections in the Mkholombe informal settlement, outside Marburg.

The Fever carried the story on 25 June after a resident complained that her complaints about the illegal connection running from her power supply, had fallen on deaf ears.

The resident, who owns a home in the settlement, said her electricity bill had doubled.

The resident alleged that Eskom contractors from the Eastern Cape were selling supplies to people in the settlement to conduct these illegal connections as “it is very well connected and neatly done with the right equipment”.

Eskom spokesperson Joyce Zingoni said the company is very serious about safety and takes action to remove illegal connections with the approval of the local municipality and the help of the law enforcement agencies.

“Please note that Eskom has been in contact with the affected resident regarding this matter. Furthermore, an interaction is also currently under way with the South African Police Service head of crime prevention in the area with a view to arranging the necessary security resources to remove the illegal connections,” she said.

She said the removal of these illegal connections was initially scheduled for 30 June, but had to be cancelled due to the unavailability of SAPS as a result of ongoing taxi violence in the area.

“Eskom has been in contact with the Visible Policing Cluster Commander, Colonel De Lange, to arrange a planning meeting with stakeholders,” added Zingoni.

“With regards to allegations of Eskom contractors selling supplies to people in the settlement, Eskom will activate its internal structures responsible for investigations to uncover any foul play by our contractors,” she said

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