Eskom Disconnects Power Supply to Illegal Connections, 700 Diepkloof Homes Left in the Dark

Eskom Disconnects Power Supply to Illegal Connections, 700 Diepkloof Homes Left in the Dark

  • Illegal electricity connections in Diepkloof Zone 3 in Soweto has caused Eskom to disconnect 700 homes there from their electricity supply
  • Residents are angry that Eskom left them in the dark and have barricaded roads to protest the power utility's decision
  • Diepkloof residents will have to pay a R6052 fine before Eskom will reconnect the electricity supply to their homes

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SOWETO - Eskom has disconnected its power supply to the Diepkloof Zone 3 area in Soweto. The reason for this is that the power utility is punishing residents for making use of illegal electricity connections.

Amanda Qithi, a spokesperson for Eskom in Gauteng, said that the power utility has sustained a large number of energy losses from illegal connections, illegal electricity sales, and people bypassing electricity meters.

If households in the township want to have their electricity supply restored, they have to pay Eskom R6052 before they will do so, the power utility said.

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Eskom has accused Diepkloof residents of using illegal connections to get electricity. Image: Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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Effects of Eskom's decision to disconnect Diepkloof households

According to News24, Diepkloof residents were angered by Eskom disconnecting their homes from the power grid and responded by protesting in their area. They set up barricades on several roads and highways.

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"Ever since we have converted the area into prepaid, they are not buying electricity. We then gave them fines of R6 052 per household. Illegal connections are rife, which is why they don't buy electricity because they are illegally connected," Qithi said.

The Eskom spokesperson said that the power utility does not have a targeted campaign against Diepkloof and will do the same in other areas where a high number of illegal connections are prevalent.

Reactions to Eskom shutting off Diepkloof's illegal connections

@Lesheke believes:

"This is stupid. Why don’t you deal with those who don’t pay instead of switching off an entire township? You’re going to regret it."

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@MbawoLive said:

"Go to the individual houses!"

@JustKatlee asked:

"This is unfair, your system should show you who pays and who not. Why must those of us that pay be punished as well?"

@Percy_Neo shared:

"So paying these fees will miraculously solve the problem of illegal connections, meter bypassing and ghost vendors. Come fix and work from there and when you pick up the fault you can pull the plug on the defaulting customer, not the whole zone."

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