Illegal electricity connections: Police remove 2 000kg of cables from Gauteng informal settlement

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
City Power via Twitter
City Power via Twitter
  • City Power disconnected 2 000kg of electrical cables used for illegal electricity connection.
  • Informal settlements in Rabie Ridge-Kanana Extension 4 were reported for illegal cable connection.
  • Electricity cut-offs will be intensified to ensure that every cent is recovered.

City Power disconnected electrical cables, worth R5 million, which had been used for illegal electricity connection in Gauteng.

City Power's Revenue Protection Unit conducted an operation to cut off illegal electrical connections at informal settlements areas surrounding Rabie Ridge-Kanana Extension 4.

According to the media relations manager at City Power, Isaac Mangena, over 2 000kg of electrical cables were taken by the police and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department after it was discovered the cables were used for illegal connection.

This action came as a result of complaints by residents in formal housing in the area as well as business owners inconvenienced by the illegal connections.

"What happened was that those residing in informal settlements would tap into the electricity of the formalised houses, which then created an overload that led to power outage in the area. Community members have complained about this and have since brought the matter forward," said Mangena.

READ | Protest over cutting off of illegal electricity connections in Alexandra turns deadly

The matter has also taken a toll on the safety of community members.

"Several children have allegedly died in these informal settlements because of electrocution caused by these illegal connections," Mangena said.

According to Mangena, residents facing power problems should engage with the Department of Human Settlements.

Until then, City Power will continue the operation of cutting electricity in the City of Johannesburg.

Mangena said this operation was part of the #BuyaMthembo campaign, which was launched by the Johannesburg mayor, Mpho Phalatse.

"It is all about recouping the money that was lost due to the vandalism of our infrastructure, illegal power connection and bypassed meters that were not billed for electricity consumption," said Mangena.

Electricity in the informal settlements will only be restored once the department has confirmed that these settlements are not situated on land that belongs to private individuals, the government or land that has been reserved for a certain development.

The plan now is to intensify the electricity cut-offs and fight to ensure that every cent owed to City Power and the City of Johannesburg is recovered.

The next step is to visit other informal and formal settlements in Johannesburg and, more especially, suburbs, who have the money, but choose not to pay for electricity.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Zama zama crackdown: What are your thoughts on West Village residents taking the law into their own hands?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Authorities should bring in the army already
10% - 2466 votes
Illegal miners can't be scapegoated for all crime
53% - 12638 votes
What else did we expect without no proper policing
34% - 8144 votes
Vigilante groups are also part of the problem
3% - 809 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.