Council removes illegal connections

2016-10-20 06:00
Thulani Zondi covers a trench after they removed electricity cables on Edmund Berry Street in Tongaat. Photo: andile sithole

Thulani Zondi covers a trench after they removed electricity cables on Edmund Berry Street in Tongaat. Photo: andile sithole

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THE fight regarding illegal electricity connections in Tongaat is far from over as the municipality has to deploy a special team to remove electricity cables in the squatter camps in Tongaat every month.

The residents in Edmund Berry­ Street near uMbhayi are fed up and demand the council come up with alternative plans to stop illegal connections.

They said they have complained several times to the municipality­ regarding loose electricity cables on the street.

Resident Perumal Govender (78), who has been living the area for more than a decade, said he if forced to suffer the consequences of illegal connections.

“The issue of electricity theft is not a minor issue, but a crisis.

“When I wake up in the morning I find there is no electricity. We are forced to use cold water and our perishable food rots. We appreciate the efforts made by eThekwini Municipality to remove the cables connected to our meter boxes, but I think more should be done regarding illegal connections,” he said.

When the Weekly visited the area last week, workers from Ayanda N Electrical, a company that was deployed by eThekwini Municipality, were on Edmund Burry Street removing electricity cables.

A worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We removed more than 1 000 electricity cables on Edmund Berry Street and there are more cables to remove on the same street. We were not expecting to find so many illegal connections in the area.”

Ward councillor Dolly Munien told Weekly: “If the uMbhayi residents­ had electricity, they would have not resorted to illegal connections. This is a major issue that needs urgent attention as it affects residents who pay rates.”

Munien said that the municipality is working around the clock to the community about the consequences of stealing electricity.

eThekwini Municipality were contacted for comment, but at the time of going to press, none had been received.

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