Plans to stop Illegal connections

2018-03-01 06:00
At the meeting in Tongaat were (from left) Logan Naidoo, Dolly Munien, Yunus Ally, Ganes Govender and RamaNaidoo. PHOTO: ANDILE SITHOLE

At the meeting in Tongaat were (from left) Logan Naidoo, Dolly Munien, Yunus Ally, Ganes Govender and RamaNaidoo. PHOTO: ANDILE SITHOLE

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FOLLOWING the death of a 61-year-old resident of Belvedere, community leaders, together with representatives from the eThekwini Municipality electricity department, held a special meeting at the Sizakala Centre to discuss a way forward regarding the increase of illegal connections in the area.

At the meeting, the officials said that a special team has been formed to remove all power boxes posing a threat in the community.

Chairperson of the Belvedere and South Sector Civic Association Reuben Govender said: “Moving forward, we took a decision to remove all illegal connections due to the passing of a resident in Belvedere. We are concerned about a pathway that is being used by pupils and residents when going to Gwalas Farm. We will co-operate with the ward councillor and other officials to eradicate illegal connections in Tongaat,” he said.

Vice chairperson of the south sector Yunus Ally said the leaders are taking a firm step with regard to illegal connections in order to prevent further incidents. “The officials from the department of electricity assured us that work is going to commence and they will do the necessary to safeguard the people who walk along the pathways. All illegal connections will be disconnected.

“The reason why we are taking this serious step is because of the loss of life and we do not want it to happen again. Power theft affects the residents as their food gets damaged when power boxes explode because of illegal connections. Nobody is compensating them. People must be patient because the matter is going to be resolved,” he said.

A resident, Logan Naidoo, advised the public to work together with the community leaders to eradicate illegal connections. “President Cyril Ramaphosa, when he delivered the State of the Nation Address, said we must work together irrespective of the political parties we represent,” he said.

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said: “This is a great concern for me because it’s affecting lot of lives. Residents who are affected by illegal connections are not coming forward because they don’t want to be victimised.

There are many people who have died due to illegal connections in Tongaat,” she said.

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