Metro cracks down on illegal connections

City of Ekurhuleni and Red Ants personnel disconnect cables at one of the mini substations in Vusimuzi informal settlement in Tembisa, where an estimated 1 800 unlawful connections were discovered.

An estimated 1 800 unlawful connections were discovered. These connections are responsible for overloading the network, which in turn causes persistent service interruptions. The City of Ekurhuleni loses close to R800-million a year in unaccounted-for electricity as a result of nearly 3 500 illegal power connections across the city.

“This act is not only stealing from the state but also poses a great danger to children who use open spaces to play,” said Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe.

Residents are encouraged to report any illegal connections or suspicious behaviour through the municipal call centre on 086 054 3000.

Zaid Khumalo

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