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Illegal electrical connections: Police remove 2,000 kg of cable from an informal town in Gauteng

  • City Power disconnected the 2000 kg electrical cable used for illegal electrical connections.
  • Informal settlements in Rabie Ridge-Kanana Extension 4 reported illegal connection.
  • Electricity cutting will be strengthened to ensure that every penny is recovered.

City Power disconnected 5 million rupees worth of electrical cables used for illegal electrical connections in Gauteng.

City Power’s revenue protection unit has carried out an operation to stop illegal electrical connections in informal settlements around Rabie Ridge-Kanana Extension 4.

According to the media, he is a contact person at City Power, Isaac Mangena took more than 2,000 kg of electric cables to the police and Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Station after it was revealed that the cables had been used for illegal connections.

This action was taken due to complaints from official residents of the area as well as business owners who caused inconvenience due to illegal connections.

“What happened was that residents in the informal settlements turned on the power to the official houses, which then caused an overload that led to a power outage in the area. Members of the community have complained about it and have brought the matter forward ever since, ”Mangena said.

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The affair also affected the safety of members of the community.

“Several children are said to have died in these informal settlements due to an electric shock caused by illegal contacts,” Mangena said.

Mangena said residents with power supply problems should contact the Ministry of Human Settlements.

In the meantime, City Power will continue to cut power in Johannesburg.

Mangena said the operation is part of the #BuyaMthembo campaign launched by Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse.

“It’s all about recouping the money lost on our infrastructure due to vandalism, illegal power connections and bypassed meters that were not billed for electricity consumption,” Mangena said.

Electricity in the settlements will only be restored if the county has confirmed that these settlements are not on land that belong to individuals, government or land that is reserved for a certain development.

The plan now is to step up power outages and fight to recover every penny for City Power and the City of Johannesburg.

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



Illegal electrical connections: Police remove 2,000 kg of cable from an informal town in Gauteng

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