Hot-wiring culprits at it again

2012-12-06 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality is battling to control illegal electricity connections in Honeyville, an informal settlement near Copesville.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma conceded that the problem persisted despite the municipality’s efforts to clamp down on the scourge.

Despite the removal of all illegal connections in the area three months ago, residents in the settlement have again resorted to “hot-wiring”.

Residents of the formal housing in the area fear that this will put their children’s lives at risk, as these connections are uncovered.

A concerned resident, who did not want to be named for fear of being victimised, said: “I reported this problem to the Msunduzi Municipality three weeks ago, but nothing has been done.”

He said families keep their children indoors for fear that they might step on the cables and get electrocuted.

Another resident said: “The municipality only comes once in a month to remove these cables. What is actually needed is constant policing of the area to prevent this.”

Zuma said people should appreciate the efforts of the municipality to deal with illegal electricity connections.

“Despite all these efforts, people continue to put their own lives and those of their children at risk,” he said.

Zuma said the solution also lay with the community, because the culprits were known.

“Furthermore, we have removed wires about 20 times in the past three months, and we have our security patrolling the hot spots,” he said.

In October, municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi told the executive committee that there was a plan to electrify informal settlements from March next year.

He said the municipality had already secured R3 million to start electrifying the Copesville informal settlement before the roll-out to other areas.

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