Eskom and municipalities lose about R4bn per annum, due to electricity theft. The power utility said over the past three years it has disconnected 76 931 illegal power connections. Informal settlements in Protea South and Kwa-Thema are the areas where illegal power cables stretch like cobwebs to provide electricity to more than 6000 residents.
A Gauteng community has recently staged a protest at Eskom’s doors to have their power restored.
The Winterveldt community activists have been protesting at the Eskom office in Menlyn. The community representatives launched a sit-in since Tuesday 2 July.
This followed a meeting in which Eskom had stated that they would not restore power to areas where residents were neither buying nor paying for electricity services.
No electricity for Gauteng community
Certain areas in the Winterveldt community have been struggling without electricity. The loss of electricity was allegedly due to the faulty