Fact Check: Zimbabwe accused of stealing electricity from Eskom

Fact Check: Zimbabwe accused of stealing electricity from Eskom

- A report recently accused Zimbabwe of stealing electricity from South Africa amidst the constant threat of load-shedding

- Allegedly using illegal Limpopo River connections, the neighbouring region was accused of swindling Eskom

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind this controversial claim

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Eskom is currently facing a challenge as the nation's factories begin production again next week and the grid will be expected to supply a massive amount of power once more.

With load-shedding implemented over the weekend, citizens turned their attention to the embattled state-owned entity again.

A report recently caused waves when it claimed Zimbabwe was caught stealing electricity from South Africa's already-strained supply.

The article, posted by Gallant Post, detailed how the Zimbabwean government was running illegal connections through the Limpopo River on the border between the two nations:

“For the 15 years, Eskom had R2 billion worth of electricity disappear unaccounted for. The Zimbabwean government had been powering almost half of their country from illegal connections and Eskom had been trying to figure out where the lost electricity is actually going without success until the past weekend.”

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In response to the claim, Eskom issued a statement dismissing the claim that our neighbours were powering their country with stolen electricity:

“To set the record straight: Eskom has neither recorded shortfalls in its international power reconciliation nor investigated the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA). Energy consumption is accounted through a comprehensive reconciliation process and is independently audited on a regular basis.”

The power utility slammed the articles as 'complete fiction', pointing out that the story was originally shared by Ihlaya News, a name which literally translates to 'joke' from isiZulu.

However, Zimbabwe does indeed enjoy a supply of electricity through South African systems.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that Eskom had entered into a R30 million-a-month deal with the struggling nation to provide electricity.

While this deal has seen the country owing a significant amount to Mzansi, it was entered into through legitimate channels.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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