City of Ekurhuleni has disconnected illegal electricity connections at Vusimuzi informal settlement and Ehlanzeni Section in Tembisa on Tuesday.
According to the City, these illegal connections are the main cause of overloaded electricity supply grid which results in persistent power supply interruptions, including costly electrical infrastructure components such as transformers, switchgear and cables being destroyed.
Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Water, Sanitation and Energy, Tiisetso Nketle said that the operations to disconnect illegal connections will continue to be carried out sporadically across the City to break the back of electricity-theft syndicates.
“We want to send a strong warning to the criminals who take advantage of the vulnerable communities by charging them exorbitant fees for stolen electricity,” Nketle said.
The illegal connections included a bulk connection that had a makeshift distribution board supplying power to 48 shacks at a fee of R400 per month paid to the syndicate.
The City loses about R800 million per year due to illegal connections.
Cables that were confiscated during the operation filled two three-ton trucks.
The City has intensified its fight to stop theft of electricity and related criminality by conducting pre-dawn raids at areas where unaccounted electricity is detected.
Residents are encouraged to report any illegal connection or suspicion of illegal connection activities through the municipal call centre on 086 054 3000.