Ekurhuleni cuts illegal power

2010-01-26 16:03

Johannesburg - Contractors were disconnecting illegally connected electricity in Reiger Park, east of Johannesburg, under the watchful eyes of police on Tuesday.

The contractors, hired by the Ekurhuleni Municipality and the energy department, would also install prepaid meters in the area, said municipal spokesperson Zweli Dlamini.

"The Reiger Park area is riddled with illegal connections and has resulted in thousands of rands in collectable revenue being lost while human lives are endangered," said Dlamini.

He said police were closely monitoring the operation which would run until late on Tuesday afternoon.