Pietermaritzburg pensioner overjoyed as electricity is reconnected after five years

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Northdale pensioner Lalitha Maharaj and Councillor Lucky Naicker with Maharaj’s new prepaid electricity meter.
Northdale pensioner Lalitha Maharaj and Councillor Lucky Naicker with Maharaj’s new prepaid electricity meter.
Moeketsi Mamane

A Northdale pensioner, Lalitha Maharaj, is ecstatic about having her lights back on after Msunduzi finally reconnected her, more than five years since she was cut off.

She was told that she owed more than R20 000 and also faced allegations of tampering with her meter. Maharaj did not deny that this might have happened, saying she had a tenant living in a backroom who was supposed to pay the lights account.

“We agreed that he wouldn’t pay rent and he would just pay the bill but I think he must have done something. I only found out when the municipality cut the cable and took the meter that he wasn’t paying for years even though we had electricity.”

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