Resident fed up with power theft

2015-06-25 06:00
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This illegal connection is very professionally done and poses serious danger to children who play in the area.

PHOTO: candyce krishna This illegal connection is very professionally done and poses serious danger to children who play in the area.

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IF you live in Mkholombe and can afford a once-off payment of R400, that is all you need to have a lifelong supply of electricity, and what’s more is that somebody else will foot your bill, as it is illegal.

A homeowner in the informal settlement says she is fed up with illegal electrical connections which tap into her power supply.

As a result, her bill has more than doubled.

“Several residents have been stealing power from my box since December last year,” she said.

“I notified the ward councillor, but he did not act on it. Eskom finally came to inspect my property after I told them I would be going to the media,” said the woman.

In the recent months, the homeowner’s bill has escalated from R2 000 to R4 500.

“These are intelligent people who know what they are doing. Connecting electricity is not general knowledge.”

The woman said contractors from up-country are also to blame as they sell supplies to the culprits.

“Eskom has to act on this as they and its clients are losing out. One day I won’t have electricity as I cannot afford to pay the exorbitant bill.”

She said she was also concerned about the safety of children who are left to their own device in the settlement.

“These children could touch these wires and get electrocuted,” she said.

Sello Morafe, ward councillor for the area, said he had addressed the problem last year.

“A new transformer was installed in the resident’s property to eliminate the illegal connections.

“Last week, the homeowner called to tell me that someone had managed to connect to the transformer,” he said.

Morafe said that when complaints such as these are brought to Eskom’s attention, the company does not act on them immediately.

“This time I have decided to call a meeting with Eskom, the municipality and SAPS to see if we can find any solutions,” he said.

The meeting takes place at Merlewood­ Secondary on June 28 at 9am.

An email sent to Eskom for comment on the matter was acknowledged, but no comment was received at the time of going to press

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