City Power: Penalties up to R1 million for illegal connections

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Stolen cables used to connect electricity illegally were confiscated in Vlakfontein on Wednesday (June 3 2020). Picture: Supplied
Stolen cables used to connect electricity illegally were confiscated in Vlakfontein on Wednesday (June 3 2020). Picture: Supplied

Businesses with illegal electricity connections do not only risk being disconnected but will face penalties as high as R1 million, while residents could pay as much as R22 000 before being reconnected, City Power has said.

City Power – alongside the SA Police Service (SAPS) and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) – led an operation to disconnect illegal connections in Vlakfontein, South of Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Phumlamqashi informal settlement, which is also regarded as “one of the hotspots for illegal connections” in the region, was “plagued by constant outages due to illegal connections and vandalism – which led to overloading of the network – causing the entity to lose millions annually,” said City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena.

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