Power theft in Ghana
Ghanaian radio station Obrempong FM investigated for illegal power connection. Pic credit: viasat1

In South Africa, Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga together with law enforcement took to the streets on Thursday in a city sweep of crime.

A number of illegally built dwellings, many rented by foreign nationals, were discovered.

Each dwelling was in violation of the law with illegal electricity connections, which were disconnected immediately by the order of the mayor.

“My electricity team is busy closing connections. We are going to close them down,” said Msimanga.

“The municipality is losing millions and millions of rands to illegal connections.”

 

 

Illegal electricity connections

With an influx of illegal connections, Eskom Inspector Patrick Naledzanuni explains in an interview with the Review Online, that many of these connections often cause “the power connection to trip or fail, meaning no one in the area would have electricity. It can also cause a fire”.

“When you connect illegally, you draw from the same equipment [electricity distribution infrastructure], which was meant for a certain number of households, resulting in the equipment being overloaded and the system failing/tripping,” he said.

The inspector added: “The saddest and most concerning part for Eskom is that it is often children who are electrocuted when they unwittingly touch carelessly laid and totally unsafe cables left by those who steal electricity.”

Illegal connections must be reported. To report an illegal connection contact Eskom on 08600 37566 (ESKOM) or make use of the SMSCrime Line on 32211.

 

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