- Thousands of Gauteng residents were left in the dark on Thursday as Eskom decided to disconnect their services
- About 2 700 families of Orange Farm in the Vaal area were affected
- The embattled power utility stated that the area has a consistently high rate of non-payment
Eskom took a zero-tolerance approach to non-payers on Thursday as thousands were left without electricity.
About 2 700 families of Orange Farm were without power as Eskom pulled the plug on its services.
The affected households are based in Lakeside Extension 1 and 2 in the Vaal area.
In a statement, Eskom confirmed that the area is notorious for non-payment and refusal to purchase electricity tokens.
Senior Eskom manager for maintenance and operations, Motlhabane Ramashi, said the act was a last resort following extensive engagements with residents.
Eskom also stated that residents in the area violently prevented its employees from performing their audit function earlier this week.
The statement read: "Eskom employees were chased out of the area while they were busy with their duties consequently compromising their safety and the integrity of the network.”
Briefly.co.za understands that the power utility is trying its best to show improvement to enhance the chances of a government bail-out.
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