Joburg City Power contractor arrested for alleged fraud

2017-09-01 20:41
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Johannesburg – A Johannesburg City Power contractor has been arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from a resident in exchange for not disconnecting her electricity supply, the city said on Friday.

The official was arrested after he allegedly approached a resident of Helderkruin, West of Johannesburg, on Thursday afternoon, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said in a statement.

Mashaba said the man had apparently informed the resident that her electricity was illegally connected and that he would disconnect the services.

"He further indicated that if she gives him an amount of R4 000, her electricity would not be disconnected," Mashaba said.

The resident agreed to pay the money, however, requested him to come the following day.

The woman reported the matter to the city’s Group Forensic and Investigation Services team, which set up a sting operation with the Hawks.

"The official arrived at [the] house in Helderkruin this morning [Friday] and pretended to be working on the electricity meter; he then went inside the house to collect the money when the Hawks apprehended him."

A team of City Power engineers found that the electricity was legally connected and that the official had no valid job card, Mashaba said.

The man is expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Monday, on a charge of fraud.

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