The trio were allegedly caught red-handed installing illegal electricity connections in Newcastle. These suspects were working on Eskom infrastructure near the Theku Plaza in Osizweni area on Friday.
When questioned by Eskom field operators, the power producer’s Nozipho Mpanza’s says they initially claimed to be doing legitimate work. But closer inspections revealed that wasn’t the case.
She said electricity theft costs the utility close to R2 billion a year.
“We’d like to request the communities to assist us in combating illegal activities that are happening in our networks, these activities are exposing kids and everyone else to unsafe conditions.
“We’d also like to request that communities make sure that your electricity supply is legal and you are paying for electricity. This helps you not become part of the electricity theft as it can be legally charged by the court of law.”
The state-owned company regularly implements load reduction - localised rolling blackouts similar to load shedding but limited to specific areas – in hotspots it says are at particularly high risk of overloading the grid. This risk can be due in part to high incidence of electricity theft and illegal connections, according to Eskom.
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