Hike blamed on illegal connections

2009-11-09 00:00

ILLEGAL siphoning of electricity in Ash Road, allegedly by the community from the Jika Joe settlement, is behind the dramatic increase of electricity costs in that area, said one of the affected residents.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous, said she lives in Ash Road and in recent months her electricity bills have increased dramatically. She believes it’s because of the illegal connections siphoning electricity at the Jika Joe settlement through which her power line runs.

She said she has contacted the Msunduzi Municipality on numerous occasions to address the matter to no avail.

“The people there have electricity yet they are not paying for it and I suspect that it’s because of them that my electricity bill has increased so drastically,” she said. “This month my bill increased to R900.”

The source said the illegal connections occur almost regularly and demanded to know whose electricity is being siphoned.

Another source said he is living without electricity after thieves, allegedly from the Jika Joe settlement, uprooted cables and even made off with his distribution box. “They [residents at the settlement] wanted electricity. And someone dug up my electric cables and removed the distribution box,” he said.

Spokeswoman for the Msunduzi Municipality Ntobeko Ngcobo said the municipality is aware of the problem. “A disconnection was performed previously and we are currently making plans to perform another one.”

However, she poured scorn on the allegations that the increased electricity bills are a result of the connection, saying the connections were made to the council’s supply so the thieves were stealing from the municipality.

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