Prepaid electricity buyers and sellers warned

2017-11-17 06:00

DESPITE warnings from Eskom­ to those who sell prepaid electricity at an additional rand or so, Murchison residents are paying more than R10 extra­ at their local shops.

Some homeowners claim the R100 prepaid voucher doesn’t even last a week. Earlier this year Eskom sent out a warning to people to beware of scammers selling illegal electricity, and warning that buyers are also guilty of committing a crime because they should not pay extra for prepaid vouchers.

According to a statement from Eskom “ghost vending” and meter tampering is against the law.

“Cable theft leads to the illegal connection of electricity, which is dangerous because it can lead to death,” says the statement.

Ghost vending is the door-to-door selling of electricity vouchers.

The statement explains that ghost vendors use legitimate Eskom­ devices to distribute electricity vouchers, but they pocket the money. The warning to people is to avoid buying electricity with an additional fee and report if they suspect a crime is being committed.

Eskom generates reports on the electricity purchase patterns of customers. Illegal electricity purchases are identified when a meter is found with prepaid electricity loaded where there exists no purchase records or corresponding purchase records by the customer on Eskom’s systems.

“Buying illegal electricity vouchers is a crime and punishable by law. Those found using illegal prepaid electricity vouchers can face disconnection, fines and even legal prosecution.

“In addition to disconnection, fines and even legal prosecution, those who use illegal electricity services are in fact supporting criminals, who might also be involved in other crimes, such as drugs. This is why it is important to take a stand against all forms of crime, including electricity theft.”

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