- On Wednesday, a joint operation between City Power and several law authorities cut illegal power connections in Midrand and surrounding areas
- Rabie Ridge in Midrand has experienced power outages in recent weeks due to the illegal connections
- A City Power spokesperson said private security hidden in plain sight will remain to monitor the situation
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The Johannesburg energy and electricity provider, City Power, executed a series of illegal connection power cuts on Wednesday morning.
IOL reports that City Power officials, aided by members of the SANDF, JMPD and police, descended on Rabie Ridge, Midrand and disconnected illegal electricity connections that had been powering shacks and houses in the area.
City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said the illegal connections had caused unplanned power outages that had become a source of frustration for Johannesburg residents recently.
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Rabie Ridge has been experiencing repeated power outages in recent weeks. City Power had recently apologised to residents for the power cuts that came in the middle of winter.
City Power said the power outages are a result of illegal electricity connections to nearby informal settlements and backyard rooms.
These tons of cables were removed during a joint operation in Rabie Ridge on Wednesday, reported eNCA.
Mangena said a team of private security officers clad in plain clothes will remain in the area to ensure that illegal reconnections were not reinstalled.
"In the past we used to have communities protesting and setting our substation on fire so we will have teams that will be stationed at the substations for this week.
"We are aware that some many want reconnect as they normally do but what we have done today has dampened their operations because have confiscated all the cables that they use during the connections."
Briefly.co.za reported that power utility Eskom deplored the illegal connections in the country, particularly in Gauteng, saying they result in transformers exploding.
Mangena said not only were illegal connections taking away much-needed revenue, as the city was suffering the effects of losing millions, but that they were also endangering people's lives.
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